LeBron James, Lakers sound off on social media after controversial no-call vs. Celtics
LeBron, Lakers players vent on social media after no-call vs. Celtics originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers still aren't happy.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum appeared to foul James on a layup attempt in the final seconds of regulation Saturday at TD Garden, but the officials missed the call and allowed the game to head to overtime, where the Celtics rallied for a 125-121 victory.
James was incensed in the moment, screaming at the referees before dropping to the floor in disbelief. After the game, he suggested this wasn't the first time the Lakers had been wronged by the officials this season.
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"You saw my reaction," James told reporters. "It's challenging. I don't get it. I'm attacking the paint just as much as any of the other guys ... It's been building. You've seen some of the games we've lost with late-game missed calls ... I don't see it happening to nobody else."
LeBron James on the final possession: âYou saw my reaction. â¦ Itâs challenging. I donât get it.â pic.twitter.com/sz2hODTDQi
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) January 29, 2023
James didn't stop there, however. About an hour after speaking to the media, the Lakers star shared more frustration on social media.
That one hurt BIG TIME!!! I don't understand
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 29, 2023
"That one hurt BIG TIME!!! I don't understand," James tweeted.
James wasn't alone, either. Lakers guard and former Celtic Dennis Schroder also sounded off on Instagram (@ds17_fg), joining teammate Anthony Davis in calling for referees to be fined when they miss calls.
"The refs gotta start getting fined for their mistakes!" Schroder wrote on his Instagram story. " ... The replay center should also use replay to get these calls right especially on an important play like the OBVIOUS foul on LeBron at the end of the game."
Lakers assistant coach Phil Handy (@thereal94feetofgame) got straight to the point in a since-deleted Instagram story post.
"S--- is getting out of hand!" Handy wrote.
(Warning: NSFW language.)
Lakers players and coaches frustrated after tough no call in end of regulation ð¬
You agree with them? pic.twitter.com/w1au9Hy7hh
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 29, 2023
The Lakers certainly have a gripe with the no-call on James, which the NBA has already admitted was a mistake by the officials. But L.A. wouldn't have been in that position to begin with had it not blown a double-digit third quarter lead or if the team had put the Celtics away up seven points with six minutes to go in regulation.
While LeBron was the victim of poor officiating Saturday night, he and his teammates aren't totally blameless for the final result.