Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy slams officiating after loss to Trail Blazers

By Kirstie Chiappelli 18 March 2018 206
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy slams officiating after loss to Trail Blazers

A number of no-calls on Saturday drew ire from Stan Van Gundy.

The Pistons coach slammed the officiating crew following the team's 100-87 loss to the Trail Blazers, saying Detroit "got screwed" in a rant that will likely draw a fine from the NBA.

“They held and grabbed on every play and they got away with fouls all over the place. We got absolutely screwed all night,” Van Gundy said, via The Detroit News. “Luke (Kennard) makes a back-cut to the basket on an out-of-bounds play and gets knocked down and they end up with two points at the other end.

“Blake (Griffin) has two straight drives in the fourth that he gets hammered on. It’s not a clean strip when you slap down and the ball goes up in the air. Try it sometime: somebody hold the ball, hit the guy on the ball and knock it down and see if it goes up in the air. He gets screwed twice.

“In the first half, the very first back-in he makes, Al-Farouq Aminu, two forearms — no call. (Reggie) Bullock gets fouled on a 3 — no call. But when you hit Damian Lillard on a 3, it is a foul.”

Although Van Gundy didn't want to take anything away from the Blazers' commendable victory, he called the officiating humiliating for the league.

“A big part of (the Blazers’) defense — they play very hard; I don’t mean to take anything away from them,” Van Gundy said. “But when you can get away with playing like that and get screwed that badly by the officials, your defense is going to be pretty good.

“I’ve been here for four years and I’ve been many more years before that and I’ve never come in after a game (like this) — never. I might have talked about one call, but I’ve never come in after a game and talked like this. That was embarrassing — we got absolutely screwed tonight."

While the Trail Blazers picked up their 12th straight victory, the Pistons dropped their eighth loss in the last 10 games.

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