Why does it always seem like Paul George is at war with the NBA's officials?
PG13, who has already had some run-ins with refs this season since moving to Oklahoma City, has once again come out to comment on the lack of calls he -- and his teammates -- get game in and game out.
Per Royce Young of ESPN.com, Paul George thinks teammates Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook and himself are officiated differently compared to everyone else in the NBA.
"It's tough. We're so aggressive; we play at the rim constantly," George said of the trio. "We're just officiated differently, all three of us. And it's tough. At least one of us [should] get the benefit of the doubt. But when we're on that floor no one is getting the better side of that whistle. But we're going to keep attacking, we're going to keep being aggressive. That's our job, to put pressure on them. At some point it's gotta work out for us."
PG does have a solid point, at least regarding their last game against the Orlando Magic, which resulted in a 112-105 win. George himself attempted seven free throws during the game, which isn't terrible, but both Westbrook and Melo combined for a measly two. When you consider the type of drives both Russ and Anthony are taking every night, shooting two free throws between them is a cause for concern.
This isn't even the first time George has commented on the lack of calls OKC's big three receive, as the swingman was fined $15,000 back in November for saying pretty much the same thing after a game against the Trail Blazers.
With the amount of scrutiny placed on the officials as of late -- especially considering LeBron James' comments after the Cavs-Spurs game -- PG and OK3 may just see a change in the number of whistles they get as the season comes to a close.