In the aftermath of Phoenix's 101-111 loss to Dallas, Devin Booker spoke to the media to address the officiating.
At first, the young star was careful with his words, avoiding any comment that might lead to a fine by the league.
"Am I being set up right now? I can't take the bait on that one, but... just go rewatch the last couple of games and you guys tell me what you think. That's the best I can tell you."
When asked to clarify what he can and cannot say about the referees, even Booker wasn't sure how to answer.
"That's a great question, I don't know either. That's what I don't know. What did Giannis say? I don't want the $25,000 coming my way. That's a good way they can scare you though."
Speaking on the officials and how the game was called, he told the media that he's never seen anything quite like it, which will surely get him a fine from the league.
Roasting the refs seems to be a hot trend in these playoffs. Out East, Giannis Antetokounmpo recently took a "shot" at them in a post-game presser.
“How much does it cost if I say something, a comment about the refs? Is it $20,000? It’s a lot of money. So, I should not do it. I’ll save my money. I’ve got to pay for diapers.”
“If the refs are gonna let them be that physical and not call fouls, it’s gonna be hard to do that (win) anyway.”
However you feel about the officiating this season, the NBA might need to take a look at how they're telling the refs to call games. Players, fans, and even some analysts have really spoken up about how inconsistent the calls have been lately.
Still, teams shouldn't use it as an excuse. For the Phoenix Suns, their own mistakes cost them Game 4 more so than anything the referees may or may not have called.