Derrick Rose and D Wade believe it is a conspiracy against them after a flagrant wasn’t called on a play that Rose sprained his ankle.
“I think I’m the only person in the league that’s not getting a flagrant for that call, bro,” Rose said after scoring 12 points in 23 minutes before exiting the game for good with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. “Come on, man. Like, I’m sure I’m the only player, but it is what it is. … That’s a common foul. Wow. Come on.”
Rose attempted a reverse layup early in the fourth quarter that Monroe contested, catching Rose around the neck and head with his left arm while the Cavs guard was airborne. When Rose went to the ground, his left ankle turned inward, causing the sprain.
Wade chimed in on the call.
“I ain’t got calls in the last seven years, so I definitely understand what he’s talking about,” Wade said. “It’s unfortunate, a guy goes down and he can’t protect himself. From what we’re told, as players, if they go around the neck it’s automatic. And, Derrick said it when he got here. He said, ‘Listen, y’all, I ain’t gonna get calls.’ And it continues to happen to him. But he’s going to keep attacking the rim. That’s his nature and that’s who he is and we know that. So, hopefully next time, it’s rewarded.”
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