Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry goes off on officiating after losing to Rockets

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry goes off on officiating after losing to Rockets

For the record: Both teams were called for 19 fouls in the game, although Houston did attempt six more free throws than New Orleans.

Alvin Gentry knows he's going to be a little lighter in the pocket after going off on National Basketball Association referees Saturday night.

But after losing 107-101 to the Houston Rockets Saturday night at the Smoothie King Center, the Pelicans (39-30) have dropped four of their last five games to fall to the No. 7 spot in the West entering a critical match-up against the Boston Celtics (47-22) on Sunday.

"When you get technical fouls called when you walk away from a guy, that's not right", added Gentry. We talk about them coming under him on post ups. He never gets a call. Why? Not one. You know why, because he doesn't bitch and complain about it. He just keeps playing.

"When you got a team playing for playoff spots, you can't guess on the foul. You can't guess on the fouls", Gentry said. Minnesota doesn't have any lockdown perimeter defenders and they struggle to contest the 3-point shot. That's not right. That's not correct.

Gentry said he wouldn't have been as angry if Houston and other teams didn't consistently get away with holding Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis as he tries to move to the basket without the ball after setting screens. The controversial call sent the arena into frenzy, and also eventually earned Gentry a technical foul for arguing, which he also did not agree with.

"AD never gets a call", said Gentry, who is likely to be fined for publicly criticizing officials.

The Pelicans coach was outspoken on the court and picked up a technical foul with five minutes remaining in the game after walking away from an official, but he said he walked away so he wouldn't get a technical.

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers was fined $15,000 for criticizing the referees in the Rockets' last game, a Thursday win over Rivers' Clippers.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said his team must block out the brutal schedule.

The Pelicans (39-30) now hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, 1.5 games ahead of the Clippers.

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