‘The NBA is the biggest joke in a professional sport’: Controversy erupts as Kevin Durant and others open up to protest absurd rule

The NBA is home to the best basketball players in the world. They provide fans with the best games in the world. But sometimes things happen that make everyone angry. And that’s what happened today in the game between the Denver Nuggets and the Indiana Pacers.

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There was a play in the fourth quarter that shocked everyone. Just before the game happened, Austin Rivers and Lance Stephenson got into it and Rivers pushed Lance. This earned them both a double technique. Then, about 30 seconds later, one of the most shocking plays of the year happened.

Lance was guarding Rivers and he pretended to pass the ball to a teammate. And it looked like he was nudging Lance, but he didn’t hit him. Lance, after the fake, sold it to the referees that he was hit by an elbow. Then the official, Tony Brothers, stopped play and gave Rivers his second technique, which resulted in him being ejected from the game.

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The basketball world was shocked by the call and they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Lance did a good job selling it, but to eject a player for something like that was shocking. Even Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant couldn’t believe the call and he called it’s embarrassing on Twitter. Rivers also tweeted how he felt after the game and he expressed his disgust at the call.

NBA Twitter reeling from absurd call as Kevin Durant and others voice concerns to league

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How has the refereeing gone this season?

For most of the season, the refereeing was there. They applied the new rules correctly and did not let players receive easy fouls. Then there was huge controversy when the referees didn’t call obvious fouls, especially on James Harden.

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Officials have also had some cerebral blackout moments this year. For example, in the match between OKC and Wolves, there was a game when the floor sweepers interrupted a live game. And there were no calls or stoppages. With the playoffs fast approaching, the league needs to do a better job or it risks angering fans and players alike.

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Sara R. Cicero