‘Refs made bad calls; gave Jimmy Butler 4 extra free throws’: Lakers’s Frank Vogel unhappy with referees in NBA Finals

Raahib Singh
|Published 10/10/2020

Frank Vogel is once again back to complaining about the refs for their calls in Game 5 of NBA Finals; and his justifications make no sense.

After the disappointing 111-108 loss to the Heat, Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel called out the match referees for calls that he felt were bad.

The Lakers were never truly in control of Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Heat came storming out from the start as they had to put up a near-perfect match to force a Game 6.

Duncan Robinson, who had had a quiet series, showed up big time today. He scored 26 points and secured 5 rebounds while shooting 7-13 from 3s. However, the star of the game was Jimmy Butler. He finished the game with 35 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. 4 of those 35 points came in the final minute, in form of clutch free throws.

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LeBron James tried his best to make sure the Lakers won the championship last night, but his efforts were not enough. He ended the night with game-high 40 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists.

Frank Vogel speaks up about ref calls he did not like

Frank Vogel talks about calls made in the final minute of the game, which potentially were game-changers, and calls them as wrong calls.

“I felt two bad calls at the end put (Jimmy) Butler to the line. That’s unfortunate in a game of this magnitude. Anthony Davis has a perfect verticality. That should be a ‘play on.’ And the time before that, Markieff Morris has his hand on the ball, and that should play on,” Vogel said. “They gave him four free throws and make it an uphill battle for us.”

While Vogel believes his guys had perfect verticality, we all saw AD’s jump and he was not going straight up.

Many people believe that the current Lakers’ head coach is using a play out of Lakers’ ex-head coach, Phil Jackson’s playbook. Back in 2010, the Lakers were setting out to defend their title, and just before the playoffs, Phil Jackson started calling out the refs and kept talking about how they were treating Kevin Durant.

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Whatever the case may be, the referees would be a bit more vigilant in Game 6. The Lakers still lead 3-2 in the Finals.

Game 6 takes place on Sunday, at 7.30 PM ET.


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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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