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Husky Men's Basketball

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December 8, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Where’s the call? Thomas in a foul mood over officiating

There was a moment in Monday’s game against Portland when Isaiah Thomas drove into the lane, stepped across the free throw line and was bumped to the floor before launching an off-balance shot that had no chance of falling through the net.
The Pilots grabbed the rebound and while everyone raced down court, Thomas momentarily remained on the floor with a look of disgust on his face and his palms up. If the FSN cameras had zoomed in, no doubt you would have seen Thomas say: “Where’s the call.”
Last week, Thomas talked about the fouls he gets and the fouls that aren’t called. He believes he’s not getting the calls he used to get as a freshman.


“A lot of times I feel like I am being fouled, it’s frustrating but you got to move on,” he said. “I watch it on the film what I can do better and what I can avoid from being in those situations because the refs aren’t calling it this year. They didn’t really call it last year. I’m surprised when they do call it. But at the same time, it’s something that you got to adjust to and I got to get better at it.”
Thomas admitted he’s ticked off by the non-calls, but he hasn’t complained to officials.
“Because I know if I do, I’ll probably get kicked out of the game,” he said. “I try not to say nothing and not say anything to the refs. But it is frustrating. I get beat up a lot especially going in the hole, but I got to keep going and keep being aggressive.”
Thomas may believe officials aren’t giving him calls, however, the statistics say otherwise.
He played 35 games as a freshman and sophomore. In the 2008-09 season, he went to the line 207 times. Last season, he attempted 213 FTs.
This season, Thomas has attempted 47 free throws. If he plays 35 games, he’s on pace to attempt 206.
Regardless of the numbers, Thomas has the bruises from the bumps he’s received in the lane. He knows there was a time he could drive to the rim, feel the contact, throw up a shot and expect a trip to the line.
Even coach Lorenzo Romar believes those days are over.
“I’d say that’s probably accurate,” he said. “I just think officials have scouting reports like coaches do and I think over the years I know in our conference, coaches have addressed this with officials. I know with Jon Brockman, they would talk with the officials and say hey look this guy is getting away with murder. You guys have to call something around that basket with him. And I think it’s been brought up with Venoy Overton with Venoy’s aggressive play out front. I think officials are watching that closer.
“I think it’s kind of been reversed a little bit with Isaiah. The big strong guy in high school that is just getting beat up but because he’s so big they say we don’t need to call that because that’s not really affecting him. No that’s a foul. Big or not, that’s a foul. Call the foul. I think with Isaiah a lot of times, he’s getting hit and he’s getting knocked down, but they’re trying to say he’s initiating the contact. If a guy jumps straight up and you initiate the contact, so be it. But I don’t know if that’s always the case.”
Romar believes Thomas would be wise to adjust to the officiating tendency and develop a reliable mid-range jumper.
“I tell him to keep driving, but I think you always have to be able to have a mid-range game like he’s worked on so often,” Romar said. “He has it and he’s shown it from time to time. A great example of that is Kemba Walker. I watched him in Maui how if it was a clear opening, he’d get all the way to the rim, but if he couldn’t there – he was trying – but if he couldn’t he’d pull up mid-range. Isaiah has that and I think that’s the next step that he’ll take. He’ll start to do that.”
Thomas gets to the line more than any other UW player and he knows his 61.7 FT shooting percentage isn’t good enough. He’s converted 29 of 47 attempts.
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I dunno what’s goin on wit my FTs either BUT I promise yall I will always make them when they count! Focus & Concentration, will get better.less than a minute ago via Echofon

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