Nuggets’ Jamal Murray reacts to refs ‘clearly’ missing foul calls vs. Lakers
Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray was not exactly in a jovial mood following his team’s 114-108 defeat in Game 4 of the West Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Murray’s gripe was with the game officials, who he believes missed a a number of clear calls against L.A.
Murray is adamant that he should have gotten several foul calls — particularly late in the game — and he made sure to made his feelings known after the loss:
“Respectfully, obviously, they’re trying to do their job,” Murray said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “I mean, I did get fouled on a few. We could see the replay clearly. The same thing when [Utah Jazz’s] Rudy Gobert fouled me when we lost Game 4 [in the first round]. … My team shows respect any time you talk to them.”
Jamal Murray even went as far as the first round against the Utah Jazz to argue his point. The 23-year-old also took a bit of a veiled shot at the Lakers, implying how the game officials seem to favor L.A. with their calls during this series.
“LeBron is going to go get his,” Murray added. “But we just have to look ahead and play through it. … We’re a young team. We’re the younger team, youngest team, whatever we are. Look at where we’re at. We’re going to have to earn their respect if we’re going to want to prevail.”
Murray and the rest of the Nuggets have been complaining about the officiating for pretty much the entire series. To say that they are unhappy with how the whistles have not been going their way would be an understatement at this point.