Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone didn't appear to be to happy with the officiating following a Game 4 loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers won Game 4 114-108 to take a comfortable 3-1 lead in their Western Conference Finals against the Nuggets.
The Lakers shot 35 free throws in Game 4, while the Nuggets shot only 23. Before Game 4, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said the team contacted the league over lack of fouls called for the team in the opening three games. "They went to the foul line 35 times," Malone said after a Game 4 loss, per ESPN.
"I think I'm going to have to go through the proper channels like they did to see if we can figure out how we can get some more free throws." Malone thought the officials missed some fouls on Jamal Murray "I just know they went 35 [times] and we went 23," Malone said.
"I think late in the game Jamal Murray attacked the basket a few times where it appeared to be contact. We'll watch the film and send our clips in. We'll reach out to the NBA and kind of make our points noted. Whether them going through the proper channels affected tonight or not, I have no idea.
The NBA does a great job of listening. You hope that next game maybe some of those fouls are called." Lakers superstar and three-time champion LeBron James shot a total of 10 free throws in the opening three games of the series.
James, who scored 26 points, had nine rebounds and eight assists in Game 4, went to the line 14 times on Thursday night. "Respectfully, obviously, they're trying to do their job," Murray said when asked what kind of feedback he got back from the officials.
"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."
Murray knows that James enjoys a strong reputation and respect throughout the league. "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."