LeBron, Lakers have bigger problems than missed fouls

Judging by the outpouring of anger from fans, the on-court reaction, the calls for investigations, and the subsequent dramatic tweeting, you would think the Lakers they were the first team in history to lose on a bad officiating call.

Yes, the Lakers were robbed on Saturday night, when LeBron James was clearly fouled on a game-winning layup attempt in regulation against the Celtics, with the non-call allowing the Celtics to secure a win in overtime. It was also a little bit much over the next 24 hours to see the NBA officials Twitter account say there would be “sleepless nights” over the miss, and for James to publicly lament a series of iffy and/or missed fouls that have gone against the Lakers the last couple weeks. Los Angeles may be mired in a particularly unlucky stretch of having these 50/50 decisions go against them. At the same time, the Lakers can’t let officiating issues obfuscate the team’s real problems.


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