Crotch shots, power plays and another Rockets officiating controversy to debate – The Athletic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Another year of NBA playoff basketball means another Houston Rockets officiating controversy.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Walt Disney World bubble or Bangladesh, it’s becoming the kind of annual affair that is sure to light up the comments section below. As we learned in April 2019, when their rage against Golden State in the West semifinals opener was rooted in a detailed study of those Warriors-Rockets matchups, the leaders of this organization go to incredible depths to study every minute of every game and find trends they deem troubling.

The latest focus of their unofficial research after a Game 5 win over Oklahoma City, a game in which  the third-quarter ejections of Dennis Schröder and P.J. Tucker sparked an officiating back and forth between both teams? Chris Paul, the former Rockets point guard who was traded to Oklahoma City last summer and who, of course, also serves as the president of the…

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