Spoiler alert: it failed, nevertheless it did end in a whole lot of sluggish, boring critiques with the occasional break for basketball.
The referees referred to as a complete of 52 fouls Monday night, together with 27 on the Path Blazers. Portland was referred to as for greater than eight extra fouls than its regular-season common (18.9) together with quite a few flagrant fouls.
First, a flagrant one foul on Carmelo Anthony for shoving Nikola Jokić within the again after which one other on CJ McCollum for “pushing” over Facundo Campazzo in the course of the third quarter. It did seem Campazzo embellished the contact, to say the least.
“”I sit up for difficult it so I can get a few of that cash again. However it’s what it’s. I suppose they had been attempting to get management of the sport again,” stated McCollum after the sport.
That flagrant foul ended up not solely taking away possession from Portland, nevertheless it gave Denver 4 factors between the free-throws and a bucket off their subsequent possession.
In the long run, Blazers followers and NBA followers normally turned to twitter to roast the officiating.