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Carmelo Anthony wants some of the foul calls James Harden got

Nov 15, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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James Harden was in attack mode Thursday night — as he usually is — driving to get his shots in close with no Tyson Chandler there to deter him. Of Harden’s 16 shot attempts, nine came inside eight feet of the rim (56.3 percent of his attempts).

With that Harden got fouled — he had 18 free throw attempts.

Carmelo Anthony wants those calls.

Anthony was frustrated with the officiating after the game and said so, speaking with the Associated Press.

Asked if it was tough that the Knicks sent Harden to the line often when they got close, Anthony replied, “We didn’t put him on the line, they put him on the line.”

“You look at that, you see the way that some guys get their calls,” Anthony said, “and for me, I’ve got to get cut, you’ve got to see blood for me to get a call down there. So that’s where the frustration comes from.”

In the NBA foul calls tend to go to the aggressor, and Harden is aggressive (as you can see from the shot numbers above). There’s a reason he is third in the NBA in free throw attempts per game at 9.8 this season (Anthony is tied for 8th at 6.9 per game).

Anthony certainly is an aggressive shooter but he also tends to pull up for a jumper — 14 of his 30 shots on Thursday came inside eight feet of the rim (46.7 percent). Jumpers are less likely to get foul calls

Harden got the calls he normally gets. But after Anthony didn’t get the four-point play he wanted at the end I understand his frustration.

  1. brs027 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Harden deserves an oscar for all of the great acting he does!

    • moseskkim - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      their games are so different and they play different positions! hardens a slasher who uses deceptive speed. melo is more of a post/beat you up type who bangs. theres a reason why big men complain so much. theres so much contact but if the ref called every contact, we would be watching constant free throws every game.harden is so sneaky. i respect his game. very rare to see someone who can get calls like that whenever he wants. yeah he flops but overall his game is sick.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        I don’t buy this, moseskkim. The game flow (or lack thereof) is choppy enough. You can’t say “oh, we’ll be watching FTs all night” when Harden gets a bunch of ticky tack calls. Either call them all or at least restrict the calls to OBVIOUS fouls — of which most of Harden’s calls AREN’T.

      • moseskkim - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        we would watching FT’s all night if all big men got calls for all contact. theres only a handful of slashers who get to the line in hardens fashion. durant is the king of it. and its obvious when they get fouled because its a bump while theyre running or a slap on their arm as theyre goin up. big men bang all night so im saying its like comparing apples to oranges. small obvious contact v. constant banging.

      • kinggw - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Who would confuse Melo with being a big man? Just because he plays the four on occasion, doesnt make him a big man.

        I can’t believe it but I am in complete agreement with Mr. Wright. I watched the game and Melo had a legitimate gripe. Either call the ticky tack fouls both ways or let them play. I thought it was funny that Harden seemed to be getting home team calls in the Garden.

      • moseskkim - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        melo can do most anything on offense. i happen to believe that he plays a little more big man style. i think andre miller plays big man style and obviously he isnt a big man. and its not like melo doesnt get calls. in that particular game, he mightve been robbed. Melo made the point that he wanted calls like harden gets. i was pointing out that their styles are different. harden is more of a slasher, melo in my opinion bangs down low. refs let big man type contact go more frequently.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      He learned from the best.

  2. m4a188 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    He shouldn’t be getting those calls, he’s already guilty as a flopper.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:59 PM


      • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:41 PM


  3. adamsjohn714 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Melo also wants the team that harden has, the gm, and the talent.

  4. thebigcaptain2011 - Nov 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Attack the basket more and be less of a jump shooter and you’ll get those calls. This isn’t anything new. Melo is a superstar playing at home for one of the most lucrative teams in the NBA. If there is a conspiracy to call fouls it would be for him.

  5. chargerdillon - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Somebody get Melo a tissue, effin crybaby who still can’t play defense

    • jt1138 - Nov 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      I wouldn’t talk about Melo not playing D when James Harden is featured in the article…

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Do people think they’re just all comedians on these sites nowadays? Are we really going to continue making the “he shoots too many jumpers” when he is getting mauled to death in the lane, where more than half of his shots come? I don’t buy all that “aggressor” nonsense. Harden throws his head back and flails his arms, often untouched at all, you can PALPABLY see Melo getting smacked in the fact, raked across the arm and body blocked without calls. Enough with the nonsense already. This has been going on ever since he got to New York.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Plus, KD is a jump shooter and he lives at the line. If Melo wants to go to the line more he has to do what Harden and KD do.

  7. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Hooray. Another NBA player complaining they don’t get enough calls from the ref.

  8. sportsfan18 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Dear Melo,

    Make a few of your shots at least before wanting calls to go your way.

    They gotta repaint the rims at halftime of the games you play in!

    • tved12 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Lol, nice comment after the guy scores 45 last night.

      Not a Knicks fan, but Melo is a good shooter dude.

    • cruzan80 - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Dear “sportsfan18”,

      You sir….are a moron.

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