The Houston Rockets believe the Golden State Warriors have been benefiting from favorable officiating for multiple years, and they reportedly have the numbers to prove it.
Sam Amick of The Athletic cited sources who said "the Rockets have been making a data-driven case with the NBA for quite some time that these Super Team Warriors are getting a major officiating advantage in these heavy-hitter matchups."
Amick explained Houston sought out the play-by-play officiating reports for all seven of the games in the 2018 Western Conference Finals between the two teams after it lost a chance to play in the NBA Finals by a single win. These reports break down whether the league believes officials made the correct calls throughout a game in much the same way the Last Two Minute reports do for crunch time.
"The Rockets, according to the sources, had a double-digit point deficit in six of the seven games (and a small edge in Game 2)," Amick wrote. "In all, sources say, they were harmed to the tune of 93 points. Game Seven was the worst, the research showed, with the league-issued report indicating that they should have had 18 more points. More specifically, two of the 27 consecutive missed three-pointers that did them in were ruled to have been missed foul calls."
That research-driven data set the backdrop for Game 1 of the second-round series between the two squads, which Golden State won 104-100 in an emotional tilt.
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