Nothing bothered him more than the goaltending call against him on what he believed was a blocked shot with 1:15 left in the third quarter. Instead, they ruled it two points for Frank Kaminsky on his hook shot inside.
“I feel like it was cleaner than my grandma’s floors,” he said. “It was unbelievable. That’s two points they shouldn’t have had. You look back at it like, ‘Wow, that really hurt us.’ Unbelievable. That’s all I can say.”
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And he was upset about the number of times he believed he got hacked.
“Even on the alley oop, I got punched in the nose and they didn’t call it until I hit the ground,” he said. “I have no idea. I shoot around 75 percent three feet from the basket, so you would think a guy that’s shooting that high of a percentage wasn’t just missing shots like that. I don’t know their thought process. I really don’t.”
The lob he referred to was a pass from Deng at the start of the third quarter, and he was hit by Courtney Lee. Whiteside missed the free throw and blamed it on not being able to see straight.
“I wish I would’ve made that free throw, but I seen three rims,” he said. “I tried to hit it in the middle. I seen three baskets after he hit my face. I tried to hit the middle one. It didn’t work, though.”