The West’s No. 1 seed bricked 27 three-pointers from the middle of the second quarter to the middle of the fourth in the finale of the conference finals. They didn’t make a single three in that stretch.
Here’s what 27 consecutive missed threes looks like.
It’s the most by one team in a playoff game in NBA History. pic.twitter.com/RI85mzw5pe
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 29, 2018
Thanks in part to the Rockets’ inaccuracy, the Warriors walked away with a 101-92 victory and a ticket to the NBA Finals.
But according to several NBA players and humans with eyes, the Warriors got a lot of help.
NBA players like DeMarcus Cousins.
The zebras are on the run!
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) May 29, 2018
And former Warriors point guard Jeremy Lin.
As objectively as I can be, the Warriors are prob still the better team but the refs are definitely helping them…
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) May 29, 2018
And perhaps C.J. McCollum.
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) May 29, 2018
Two more former stars agreed with them: Chris Webber and Reggie Miller, who were working the game for TNT.
Jordan Bell couldn’t even help from looking guilty as hell each time he fouled James Harden mid-three-pointer.
okay look listen for real I am obviously and very loudly an anti-harden guy but how many times does he gotta get fouled while shooting a 3 before he gets to shoot 3 free throws
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) May 29, 2018
Yes, the Rockets shot a putrid 7-of-44 from downtown. They also left plenty of points at the line, shooting 13-of-22.
But they still lost by just nine. One’s gotta assume the game would have been much tighter had it been officiated by those with the benefit of sight, and not by a universally despised official with just the sketchiest history.