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Kristaps Porzingis displeased with officiating crews

Kristaps Porzingis displeased with officiating crews”

New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis expressed frustration Friday with the manner in which he has been officiated lately. "I'm thinking, 'Should I change my game?' Because I shoot those shots so many times over guys and it makes me mad I'm not able to get those calls". Still, he is not the only player to bring light to this current epidemic in the National Basketball Association.

Porzingis scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and Davis' three-pointer at the buzzer came up short to seal the New Orleans Pelicans' 105-103 loss to the Knicks at the Smoothie King Center on Saturday night.

Porzingis' lament - which is not a new one for him - was that his shot is being hindered by touch fouls to the arm during his release.

Much of Porzingis' offense now is predicated on establishing position on the block and shooting over the smaller defender.

Jack finished with 15 points, and Michael Beasley scored 15 off the bench for the Knicks, who snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak.

By the end of the half, the Knicks bench outscored the New Orleans bench 30-8 to help them go into halftime holding a 56-45 advantage. Still, the star Latvian forward is averaging a whopping 24.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game in roughly 32.1 minutes of action per contest.

"They know what's going on", he said. "They know those are the type of things they have to look at", Porzingis said. Maybe it's too hard to see. "Maybe I'm too high up, I'm too long". However, he is shooting just 34 percent (33-for-98) over five games since returning from a knee injury.

Three-point defense: The Pelicans gave up a combined 41 3s in their last two games coming into Saturday, but they held NY to 5-of-19 from deep. If he had received some foul calls, he would be higher on that list.

Porzingis hit an open 16-footer for a 103-101 NY lead, but Cousins tied it again by drawing a foul on Porzingis and making both free throws with 27.4 seconds left.



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