Brooklyn Nets' James Harden expresses his frustration with NBA refs



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Brooklyn Nets' James Harden expresses his frustration with NBA refs

Brooklyn Nets star guard James Harden thinks he should be getting to the free throw life much more frequently. On Sunday, Harden got to the line only four times and after the Minnesota Timberwolwes game he was asked why he feels he's not getting the same calls he used to get.

Harden scored 13 points and had 13 assists in a 136-125 loss to the Timberwolwes. "It's a good question," Harden said, per ESPN. "I don't know. I don't even want to talk about it. But it's definitely -- when I get to the basket, it's the same calls the guys are getting.

Obviously, you can't call all of them. But there's ones where there's clearly stiff-arms and trips and things like that. But on the other end, there's no consistency. So it's frustrating."

Steve Nash agrees with Harden

Nets head coach Nash thinks Harden is not always officiated the same way.

"I think there's nights where it's fair, and even including the points of emphasis this year," Nash said. "Then there's other nights where it feels like he gets targeted a little bit. It just automatically gets lumped into that point of emphasis where he is creating the foul, which is not always the case at all." Harden claims the officials have struggled throughout the season to give him an explanation when asked for one.

"Nothing," Harden said. "Honestly, nothing. Like [officials say], 'I didn't see it,' or 'I didn't think it was a foul.' But it's like, clear. It's like extremely clear. I don't want to talk about it. But I just got to keep going.

That's not going to stop me. Keeping going to the basket, keep being aggressive and keep making plays for my team." Nets coach Nash had more to say on the Harden situation. "I think it's been well-documented that he's one of the poster childs," Nash said.

"I think the start of the year was rough, [the officials] were really trying to correct the point of emphasis. I think they overcorrected. Now we come back to the middle, but tonight was one of those nights where I felt like some of the calls that should go his way didn't."