After losing two games in a row, Cleveland Cavaliers have only three wins more than Toronto Raptors and four more than Boston Celtics.
LeBron James is reportedly frustrated by NBA referees this season, and we could see him reacting when he played against the Jazz, a few nights ago.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has become increasingly frustrated with the way he has been officiated this season, multiple team sources told ESPN following Cleveland’s 100-92 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
Much of James’ detest comes from the fact that the vast majority of his shots come from within the paint — as 12 of his 20 did on Tuesday — yet, according to multiple sources, he feels contact is ignored, whereas players who thrive more on jump shots than drives have been rewarded with big nights at the line.
Add it up and there is a perception by James, according to multiple sources, that he doesn’t get officiated the same way as many of his All-NBA-level peers.
James' frustration boiled over with 2:09 remaining in the first quarter, when he shouted at referee Tyler Ford and was assessed a rare technical foul -- just his second of the season -- after Utah's Shelvin Mack fouled James and put him on the foul line after an and-1 layup. While James got that call from Ford, he was upset from his previous trip down the court, when he felt like Mack fouled him on another layup attempt and there was no whistle.
Check his reaction against the Utah Jazz:
This season, LeBron is averaging 7.1 free-throw attempts per game. That is below his career mark of 8.3, but it's 0.6 more than he had last season.
So far, he has a great season, but after Cleveland Cavaliers lost against Utah Jazz and Portland Trail Blazers, this is the best moment to react and talk about NBA referees.
Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center, and it will be very interesting to see LeBron James against DeMarcus Cousins.
Who will talk more with the referee, LeBron or Cousins?