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Houston Rockets Audit Refs, Argue They Were Robbed in 2018's Game 7

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The NBA playoffs second didn’t start very well for the Houston Rockets, as they lost a thrilling game against the Golden State Warriors amid controversies that upset everybody who is part of the organization. To make things worse, Houston pulled out a ridiculous move that shocked plenty of people and made them look like total whiners.

A couple of hours after the defeat against the Warriors, ESPN reported that the Rockets filed a memo to the league claiming NBA officials “likely changed” last season’s NBA champion. Per the report, the Rockets audited Game 7 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals and came to the conclusion that 81 instances took away 18.6 points from Houston.

“Referees likely changed the NBA champion,” says the memo, addressed to Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations. “There can no be no worse result for the NBA.”

They also claimed that veteran officials “exhibit the most bias against our players.”

“The reason we are in this situation,” the memo says, “is the efforts made to improve the referees have been too slow, not extensive enough, and have been held back by entrenched referees who are resisting reform.” The Rockets recommended that referee assignments in the postseason should be determined “exclusively” by call accuracy without regard to experience level.”

It’s funny to see the Rockets complaining about something that happened almost a year ago instead of focusing on getting better for the game 2 of this year’s series against the Warriors. If anything, they had to take a look at how poor their players shot during that mentioned seventh game, where they missed 27 straight attempts from 3-point range, making 7 of 44 in total.

They will have more to worry and complain about if they don’t get any better the next game of their series, as the league already rejected the memo with a simple response.

“As we told the Rockets, we do not agree with their methodology,” Mike Bass, an NBA spokesman, told ESPN on Monday.