Game 2 between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets had playoff-level intensity and chippiness, and as a result the referees aimed to get the game back under control.
Spoiler alert: it failed, but it did result in a lot of slow, boring reviews with the occasional break for basketball.
The referees called a total of 52 fouls Monday evening, including 27 on the Trail Blazers. Portland was called for more than eight more fouls than its regular-season average (18.9) including numerous flagrant fouls.
First, a flagrant one foul on Carmelo Anthony for shoving Nikola Jokić in the back and then another on CJ McCollum for "pushing" over Facundo Campazzo during the third quarter. It did appear Campazzo embellished the contact, to say the least.
""I look forward to challenging it so I can get some of that money back. But it is what it is. I guess they were trying to get control of the game back," said McCollum after the game.
That flagrant foul ended up not only taking away possession from Portland, but it gave Denver four points between the free-throws and a bucket off their next possession.
In the end, Blazers fans and NBA fans in general turned to twitter to roast the officiating.