Officiating in sports will always come under fire. They are, after all, fallible human beings, but a necessary evil. The distaste over poor officiating would simply turn into blandness were we to turn sports into antiseptic theater ruled by robots.
Another example of “hey why not cheat” occurred during the Estevan Payan versus Jeremy Stephens bout. Payan grabbed the fence in the first round and was warned by referee Chris Tognoni that he would take a point away if he did it again.
Whether the true cause of their crushing 103-102 overtime defeat was Frank Vogel's coaching blunder (more on that later), Paul George's overcommitment or just another dazzling performance by one of the greatest to ever pick up a basketball is moot.