Rick Carlisle sounds off on refs after Pacers get short-end on multiple calls

Carlisle was ejected during the closing seconds of Game 2 after multiple calls went against the Pacers and had a lot to say about it.
Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two
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The Indiana Pacers have fallen again to the New York Knicks 130-121 in what was yet another competitive but horribly refereed game inside the garden.

During the Post game conference, Carlisle would express his feelings about the referees in the last two games.

"We deserve a fair shot, there is not a consistent balance, and it is disappointing," Carlisle said. "Their physicality is rewarded and ours is penalized just time after time and I am just really disappointed."

The refs have been abysmal throughout the postseason in every series but it has been hurting the Pacers more than you could imagine. A horrible kick ball call in game one, which was reviewed after the game not during the game. A double dribble was called in Game 2 on Isaiah Hartenstein, which for some reason that was overturned but the kick ball was not.

The inconsistency throughout the games with foul calls was horrible, as there were plays where Jalen Brunson or Donte DiVincenzo would flop to sell a call and get a foul on the Pacers, but Pascal Siakam gets hit by three different Knicks and the referees seemed to turn a blind eye.

There were indeed other struggles in the game, as the Pacers allowed 44 rebounds to their 34 and shot 58% from the free-throw line. The poor rebounding was one of the biggest reasons as to why the Pacers lost Game 2. They need to figure out how to keep the Knicks off the boards.


The Pacers will play in Gainbridge on Friday, May 10, which is a must-win game to stay in this series. If they want to have any shot of coming back and winning the series, they have to win both of these upcoming games in Indianapolis. Otherwise, it will be the offseason sooner than you think.