Jazz center Rudy Gobert sounds off on inconsistent calls by the referees
The Utah Jazz lost a close game to the Miami Heat by the score of 102-100 on Sunday night after center Rudy Gobert was whistled for fouling a driving Dwayne Wade with the score tied and only 3.2 seconds left in the game.
Wade went on to drain both free throws and Donovan Mitchell missed a three-pointer at the buzzer to seal the win for the Heat. After the game, Gobert had some words on the refereeing, both in this specific game and in general.
Per Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune, Rudy Gobert insisted that the referees did not call the game consistently, saying:
“I just want it to be consistent at one point. Every night is the same s—. Every night has been the same s—. If you call something one way, you’ve got to call it the other way. Once they start doing that, I’m going to have a little more respect. I’m just tired of it. Every game is the same. Donovan got pushed harder right before and he’s not Dwyane Wade, it’s fine, but just respect us as competitors, as players. I sacrifice everything to do this job. I’d like to be respected as a basketball player.”
Rudy Gobert was clearly frustrated with how the game had gone and how his block attempt cost the Jazz two big points. While he might be right that star players get a little more leeway in the league, he will almost certainly receive a fine from the NBA for his criticism.
The Jazz will attempt to rebound against the Spurs next, and we will see if the referees call a tighter game after Gobert’s comments.