Coach Gregg Popovich on Friday praised the NBA for having “courage” to admit its referees made mistakes in the final seconds of the Spurs’ deflating 104-103 loss to Memphis on Wednesday.
Lakers Nation: NBA's last two minute report says Tyson Chandler blocked Trae Young's floater before it reached the "apex," so it was not goaltending. As if there was any doubt.
Jared Weiss: NBA’s L2M report says Evan Turner should have been called for a landing space foul on Jayson Tatum’s three-point attempt late in the Celtics’ loss to the Blazers last night. Also stated Al Horford should’ve been called for a foul on the rebound after the next POR possession.
The NBA admitting an obvious travel by 76ers center Joel Embiid was not called only added to Borrego’s frustration in comments before Sunday’s road game against the Detroit Pistons. “It’s tough. I had to read that thing last night, and it was like I had to live it all over again,” Borrego said of the NBA’s report, which acknowledged Embiid traveled with 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter before making a 3-pointer that tied the game. The 76ers went on to win in overtime 133-132. “It does nothing” making peace with the error, Borrego said of the NBA’s policy of publicly acknowledging late-game mistakes in close games.
“I would hope our guys use it as fuel tonight (Sunday). I want them to use it as fuel to go and play with another (level) of edge,” Borrego said about 1 1/2 hours before tip-off against the Pistons. “It’s frustrating, it’s frustrating - especially in the last two minutes (of regulation) - the biggest plays and the biggest moments of an NBA game - to have those types of errors and the NBA acknowledged it.”
Harrison Wind: League also says in the L2M Report that Caris LeVert lifted his pivot foot before he dribbled into the game-winning shot last night. pic.twitter.com/nJoMb5Fwk4
Chris Fedor: NBA Last 2 Minute Report shows lots of errors at the end of CLE-ORL game. Fournier should have been called for a foul on inbounds sending Hill to the line with 12 secs. Tristan Thompson set an illegal screen on Cavs last possession. Hill fouled by Aaron Gordon on that last drive.
Malika Andrews: NBA’s L2M report from Chicago’s OT loss to Denver states referees missed two fouls committed on Zach LaVine by Paul Millsap and Gary Harris in the final 12 seconds of regulation with game tied at 98. Refs also missed a foul committed by LaVine on Nikola Jokic on same play.
Ian Begley: NBA’s last 2-minute report found 2 errors in NYK’s loss to BOS: NYK had a 5-second violation on inbound of its final possession, which ended with Trey Burke on the FT line w/a chance to tie the game. Enes Kanter didn’t foul Marcus Smart w/1:37 left. Kanter fouled out on the play.
Ira Winderman: NBA rules foul call on McGruder against Walker with five-tenths of a second to play Saturday was a correct call: "McGruder (MIA) moves into Walker (CHA) and initiates the contact that affects his driving shot attempt."
Chris Fedor: NBA's Last Two Minute Report on the LeBron James-Kevin Durant block/charge call: "It was confirmed that James was outside the restricted area. Replay showed James was not in a legal guarding position because he was turning his body and moving into Durant when contact occurred."
Jonathan Feigen: Not much to see in the L2M report now that the Conference Finals finally had a close enough game to have one. Curry, Thompson got away with travels (seen in enhanced video.) Tucker and Green had 3-second violations uncalled. None of those calls would have changed anything.
Jeff Zillgitt: In NBA Last Two-Minute Report, league says refs correctly called Serge Ibaka for a foul on LeBron James with 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter. "Ibaka jumps from point A to point B and makes contact to the body of James that affects his driving shot attempt."
Brett Dawson: NBA says a correct non-call on Rudy Gobert’s contact on the Paul George 3-point attempt last night. Says “George leans into Gobert and creates contact.”
Scott Agness: In the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report, it says officials got it right calling Lance Stephenson for a foul on Jeff Green with 9s left. (I agree.) "Since the foul precedes a potential jump ball, the foul takes precedence and is correctly called."
Gary Washburn: Two-minute report is loaded today for #Celtics-#Bucks, including ruling Khris Middleton fouled Jaylen Brown on his runout with 40 seconds left, Antetokounmpo charged into Ojeleye with 47.9 left and Tatum fouled Antetohounmpo with 1:14 left.
Manny Navarro: Correction: NBA’s Last 2 Minute Report says there four incorrect calls in #Heat #Nets game last night and a 3 of 4 put Brooklyn at a disadvantage, not Miami. Final “foul that wasn’t called on Wade’s drive to the basket in OT” was correct non call league says. How about that?
TJ McBride: Here is the last two minute report from the #Nuggets vs #Thunder. The league says Jokic was allowed to shuffle his feet on the inbound pass. The league also said Jokic should have been whistled for a 5-second violation clamming it was 5.1 seconds before the inbounds pass.
The NBA announced Monday there was one incorrect no-call and noted the officiating crew didn't see Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau calling for timeout in the final 5 seconds of the frantic finish against the Thunder that led to Andrew Wiggins' game-winning buzzer-beater on Sunday.
Karl-Anthony Towns' screen on Paul George that freed Wiggins was ruled to have been illegal, based on Towns' stance being too wide. The report notes Towns was stationary but his leg was out, which clipped George.
As McCollum dribbled near the free throw line, Giannis did put his hand on the hip of the Blazers guard, which many people saw as a foul. McCollum himself didn't make any official statement about the play, saying after the game that he didn't want to lose any money by getting fined. He did, however, post a screen shot of Giannis' hand on his hip to his Instagram live story. Though he didn't put any caption, it's pretty clear what he's trying to say. Not that it would have mattered, as the Blazers already lost, but there was no vindication for McCollum in the NBA's two-minute report on Sunday. The league announced that the refs were correct in not calling a foul on the play, saying, "Antetokounmpo (MIL) deflects the ball away from McCollum (POR). The contact to McCollum's body with his other hand does not affect his SQBR and is considered incidental."
It's hard to prove, but most coaches and front-office executives agree defenses get away with a little more bump-and-grind than in the mid-2000s -- when the NBA was obsessed with creating a more viewer-friendly game. The league has heard the concerns, and is monitoring the hand-check stuff. "That area is tough -- the freedom of movement, especially away from the ball," Vandeweghe said. "It's tough for referees to watch everything. But I think we've found a good balance." (As an aside, Vandeweghe confirmed the controversial last-two-minute reports aren't going anywhere. In fact, he said the NBA would "probably" start releasing full game reports at some point.)
Jeff Zillgitt: As of now, there is no movement, I'm told, to get rid of the NBA's Last Two-Minute Reports. But league constantly evaluates these things.
Add Steve Kerr to the growing list of prominent NBA people who don’t like the league’s Last Two Minute officiating reports. Four days after Kerr’s Golden State Warriors were on the wrong end of two late calls in a Christmas Day loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and in the wake of LeBron James and Kevin Durant both expressing their disapproval of the practice, the third-year coach explained why he sees the NBA’s approach as, well, the incorrect call. “I’m not a huge fan of the two-minute report myself,” Kerr began. “It does put the refs in a tough spot. I don’t know what it accomplishes, but I do appreciate that the league is trying to be transparent about what they’re looking at, and how the refs are judged and all that. But I’m not sure to what extent it really helps anybody.”
“In my mind, I think the league is trying so hard to be perfect with the officials, where every call is being judged,” Kerr said. “From what I gather, every official is graded on every call. There’s too much gray area in basketball. I don’t believe that you can just say that every call is right or wrong. I think there’s a feel element that’s lacking right now. I could give you a lot of examples, but I just think that there should be more feel involved.
The NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” (L2M) is intended to help players and coaches better understand officiating and the rules. But it seems to be having an opposite effect on some. “I think all of us are a little bit confused with what our end goal is with it, and whether that is making coherent corrections so that future games are better officiated,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of L2Ms after Thursday’s shootaround session. “I don’t know if any of us have that answer or conclusion right now. So, officials have a tough job to do. We study the rules and the angles like every other staff does. And I still have no idea who is responsible for three seconds, who is responsible for charges, who is responsible for hand checks. It changes based on different regions of the court. “There’s a lot of gray area right now, very confusing and it’s difficult for the officials to really be consistent.”
November 29, 2022 | 9:13 pm EST Update
Then Jones addressed the status of Paul, who hasn’t played since Nov. 7 at Philadelphia where he injured the foot in the first half of a loss to the 76ers. “Chris, he’s close,” Jones said. “He’s coming back. He’ll be back. I can’t tell you he’ll be back (Wednesday). He’s been looking good and we’re still taking the long view with him. From Day 1, we’ve said that when our guys are eligible to play, when they’re available, they’re completely available. No restrictions. Nothing mentally, physically, to hold them back. So he’s getting there. And once he gets there, you’ll know.”
Brad Townsend: Kemba Walker on TNT: “I’m feeling better than I’ve felt in a very long time. I’m excited to be back. I’m happy these guys picked me up. I’m ready to get started.” . . Says he hopes to add ballhandling and leadership qualities, “good locker room guy.”
Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams started addressing General Manager James Jones’ promotion to president of basketball operations in a way only he can. “He’s earned it,” Williams said before Monday’s 122-117 win at Sacramento. “He’s turned the organization around however you want to put it. He can get rid of me anytime he wants to now. Probably the best way to look at it.”
Moving forward, Jones says he’ll be stepping away from more of the day-to-day whirlwind and delegating some of those responsibilities in order to focus on more big-picture objectives. For the time being, Jones is not eyeing any personnel changes like hiring a new general manger to take on some of his current duties. But he didn’t completely shut down the idea for further on down the line either. “I’m not focused on that right now,” he said. “I mean, if that happens, it happens, but for me right now, it’s getting us to the All-Star break.”
The Suns currently are atop the Western Conference. They’ve won their last five games. “This team is special,” Jones said. “There aren’t any challenges that are daunting to us. If it’s injury, if it’s external situations, external factors, it’s back-to-backs, tough one-point losses. They don’t affect our psyche. Our guys all come in, they work and they show up in big moments. So I’m proud of this team just because I know these guys and I get a chance to see them every day. They don’t get a chance to display their grit and resiliency, but they’ve been able to do it for the first 20 games and we’ve been better for it.”
Jones admitted he’s obviously keeping tabs on the latest with the ownership situation, but for now, Crowder is the pressing issue at hand. Unfortunately, little has changed over the last few weeks, as Jones said there’s “nothing new” with Crowder. “Just haven’t been able to get a deal done,” he said. “It’s the NBA, right? Timing, there are there aren’t any perfect times. Like, there’s no window where they say ‘Hey, all deals are done here.’ We have natural deadlines, like the trade deadline, where you usually have a flurry of deals, but other than that, it’s just finding the right fit, and we just haven’t been able to find that yet.”
In fact, Tucker has the highest plus/minus on the Sixers at plus-78. “The thing I’ll say with PJ, because I can feel lately that PJ’s been the whipping boy, who do you think is the highest plus/minus guy on our team?” asked coach Doc Rivers. “I think what we do is, we look at points. It’s all we focus on. We don’t focus on everything.”