Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd isn't pleased about the officiating in his team's first-round playoff series against the Raptors, especially what he perceives as a lack of calls for Joe Johnson.
The 32-year-old guard shot only one free throw in Wednesday night's 115-113 loss in Toronto, which Kidd called "mind-boggling" on Thursday, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
Johnson's only free-throw attempt came on a three-point play with 4:25 left in the fourth quarter that was part of an 8-0 run that tied the game at 101. Kidd thought Johnson was fouled on a runner with 20.9 seconds left with the Nets down three.
Johnson finished with 30 points on 13-of-23 shooting.
Toronto leads the series, 3-2, with Game 6 Friday night in Brooklyn.
The Nets have averaged 30.2 free-throw attempts per game in the series, which is slightly more than Toronto (30.0) and second among all playoff teams through Wednesday (the Clippers are first at 31.6 attempts). Johnson has shot 20 free throws in the series and made 18, including all eight he took in Game 1.
Jason Kidd said the lack of calls and free throws for Joe Johnson were "mind-boggling."
— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) May 1, 2014
Kidd came in with agenda to get more respect from referees for Joe Johnson: "Joe is a strong individual. Unfortunately, he doesn't flop." — Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) May 1, 2014