Pelicans' Alvin Gentry Slams Officiating After Loss To Rockets

Florence Fletcher
March 19, 2018

On Sunday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported the National Basketball Association fined Gentry $15,000 for his criticism of the referees following the defeat.

That didn't limit him this time.

"We're playing our (butt) off, and then what happens to us is that AD never get a call", Gentry said. Not have a situation where we are guessing on the biggest play of the game, where they call a 3-point foul from the corner. We talk about them coming under him on post ups. "He never gets a call", Gentry said. Not one. You know why? Because he doesn't (expletive) and complain about it.

Because a February 7 home game against the Indiana Pacers was postponed due to a leaky roof and rescheduled for March 21, the Pelicans will play three games in three nights and five games over six nights, an unprecedented stretch for a team fighting for its playoff life.

Gentry's furor raged throughout the night on the sideline. He demonstratively walked away from official David Guthrie and sat on the bench. New Orleans has 13 games remaining this season and nine of them are against teams either in the playoffs or fighting for a playoff spot, including one more against the Rockets in Houston on Saturday.

Gentry, who also had been assessed a technical foul during the game, lambasted a decision to award free throws to the Rockets' James Harden after a missed 3-pointer about midway through the fourth quarter. You can't guess on a foul.

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"When you get technical fouls called when you walk away from a guy, that's not right", Gentry said. "That's not correct. That's not the way you do it".

The call created a stir, with both fans and Gentry reacting loudly.

"I'm just not even thinking about it", Rozier said.

In the meantime, Gentry's Pelicans are clinging to the eighth spot out west.

It came crashing quickly. "We play one game at a time". It's the worst home record among any of the league's 20 best teams. Many players of Davis' caliber get what is known as "superstar treatment" when it comes to officiating, and Gentry felt he did not get that on Saturday. "To me, he's the MVP of the league and he's done everything to earn it".

In a 92-83 road victory against Orlando on Friday night, Terry Rozier started his fifth game at the point and scored 17 points and had five assists in 34 minutes on a night when the Celtics shot 37.8 percent. Changes dateline, updates with Gentry's comments Sunday. Gentry claimed he saw Harden wink after the foul was called. "Because it's not right".

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