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    Joshua Smith blasts officiating in TNT's Game Five loss: 'PBA officials are terrible'

    Jun 30, 2017

    JOSHUA Smith held no punches in blasting the officiating after TNT's 102-111 defeat over San Miguel in Game Five of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. 

    When asked about his thoughts on this loss, the usually soft-spoken giant didn't hold back on giving his thoughts about the refs.

    "PBA officials are terrible," said Smith with a straight face. 

    When asked to elaborate on what he said, Smith just basically repeated himself, but this time dropping the numbers of the referees who  called the match. 

    "Number 14, 17 and 40. The PBA officials are terrible," he said, referring to all but one of the referees who called the game in Peter Balao, Noy Guevara, Rey Yante and Mau Orieste. 

    [See San Miguel defuses TNT to move on verge of ending Commissioner's Cup title drought]

    In total, San Miguel got 38 free throws, making 26 of it. TNT, on the other hand, got to the foul line 21 times and made 14.  Smith, though, just had two attempts from the stripe in 28 minutes of action.

    TNT head coach Nash Racela, who has been vocal on the officiating this series, declined to comment further but pointed out that the number of free throws indeed played a huge role in the game. 

    "We have to limit our turnovers and we have to stop San Miguel from getting free throws," said Racela.
    "I don't know how we'll do that. Maybe we need to defend better."

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