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Pacers reportedly send NBA 78 missed calls by officials during Games 1 and 2 vs. Knicks

The complaints on the part of the Indiana Pacers have led to the team submitting 78 plays to the NBA from Games 1 and 2 against the New York Knicks that they believe were improperly called, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle was not happy with the officials in Wednesday’s 130-121 Game 2 loss and was ultimately ejected late in the fourth quarter.

Afterwards, Carlisle said they identified 29 calls they disagreed with from Game 1 and 49 from Game 2. Those disputed plays were then submitted to the league. The Pacers opted not to submit anything after Game 1, as Carlisle hoped to get “a more balanced whistle” in Game 2. They felt this was not the case, and changed their minds.

“I can promise you we’re going to submit this one tonight,” Carlisle said after Game 2. “New York can get ready. They’ll see them too. I always talk to our guys about not making the officials, but we deserve a fair shot.”

According to Windhorst, the plays in question will also be sent to the Knicks as part of league protocol.

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A kick-ball violation on Aaron Nesmith and a moving screen call late in the fourth quarter drew Carlisle’s ire after Game 1. In Game 2, the officials overturned a double-dribble violation on Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein that left Indiana with a key possession of the ball could have resulted.

The Knicks have a 2-0 lead over the Pacers with Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Knicks have a 2-0 lead over the Pacers with Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

During his post-Game 2 session with the media, Carlisle played the small-market card, saying the Pacers are at a disadvantage when playing a team like the Knicks.

“Small-market teams deserve an equal opportunity,” Carlisle said. “They deserve a fair chance wherever they play.”

However, Pacers players did not go the same route as their coach when it came to refereeing and why they are down 2-0 in the series.

‘Let’s not pretend [officiating] is the only reason we lost; we just didn’t play well enough,” forward Tyrese Haliburton said. “We just have to be better.”

“We love Rick showing that kind of energy on the court,” guard TJ McConnell said, via the Indy Star. “It’s a shame he was sent off, but that’s not the feeling we have in the dressing room. We’re not going to sit here and blame the officials. We have to be better. It’s that simple. They got us hit the boards again tonight and just brought more energy than us. We have to solve that.”

What didn’t help the Pacers in Game 2 was their shooting. They shot 51.6% from the floor, 44.1% from the three-point line and 58.8% from the foul line. The Knicks were better in every category.

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Carlisle will also have to find a way to slow down Jalen Brunson, who left the game with a sore foot in the second quarter and returned to finish with 29 points. McConnell had no answer for the Knicks guard and didn’t play the final seven minutes of the game.

Game 3 takes place on Friday evening at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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