The NBA said the Toronto Raptors’ Marc Gasol should have been given two free throws with 49 seconds left of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, a game that the Raptors lost to the Golden State Warriors by one point on Monday. Gasol was fouled by the Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins on a drive, the NBA said in its Last Two Minute Report that was issued Tuesday.
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Josh Lewenberg: As if last night’s officiating wasn’t already under fire, the NBA’s L2M report reveals that Steph Curry shuffled his feet and should have been called for a travel before making the pass that led to the Iguodala dagger on the final possession. Swell.
Tim MacMahon: NBA’s Last 2 Minute Report ruled that it was inconclusive whether Klay Thompson stepped out of bounds before getting rid of the ball on the Warriors’ last possession. As with replay, there has to be clear, conclusive evidence to declare a call wrong. Replays didn’t
Jeff Zilgitt: NBA’s Last Two-Minute Report from the Blazers-Nuggets four OT game included 22 minutes worth of details on the officiating. Two incorrect calls, two incorrect no-calls and 95 correct calls/correct no-calls:
The NBA said Sunday that Nets center Jarrett Allen was fouled in the final seconds of Saturday’s Game 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers in Brooklyn. According to the league’s Last Two Minute Report, Sixers forward Tobias Harris grabbed Allen, preventing him from rolling from his screen and releasing to the basket sooner.
Howard Beck: In L2M report, NBA agrees w/Nets coach Kenny Atkinson: Tobias Harris should have been called for foul for wrapping Jarrett Allen on Nets’ final possession, restricting his freedom of movement. (L2M also notes refs missed Dinwiddie carrying the ball with 1:45 left.)
Ira Winderman: NBA says Dion Waiters, not referee, created timing snafu at end of regulation Sunday in Toronto. NBA: “As the Heat are ready to inbound, the official sounds his whistle to start the throw-in but Waiters (MIA) steps onto the floor before the ball is at his disposal and the Heat begin their offensive set. Waiters then steps out of bounds to receive the throw-in and the official gives him the ball to inbound.”
Kyle Neubeck: NBA says there was an incorrect no call in final two minutes of Sixers vs. Bucks last night. Giannis Antetokounmpo got away with what they say was an illegal screen right after the 2:00 mark. (George Hill hit a three immediately following the screen to make score 118-117 Philly)
Josh Robbins: The last two-minute report for Sunday’s Magic-Grizzlies game cites one missed/incorrect call during the last 2 minutes. With Orlando up 97-96, C.J. Miles should have been whistled for a foul on Jonathan Isaac for inhibiting Isaac’s freedom of movement:
Erik Horne: L2M report from Thunder-Clippers says Russell Westbrook’s sixth foul was a Correct Call. “Gallinari established himself in a legal guarding position in Westbrook’s path and Westbrook drives through and dislodges him.”
Tim Reynolds: The NBA says Bam Adebayo got fouled on the tip-in that wouldn’t fall with the Heat down by a point with 5.3 seconds left last night. Before you break out your pitchforks, the NBA also says the Heat caught four breaks on calls or non-calls in the last 2 minutes as well.
Jeff McDonald: Spurs-Raptors L2M officiating report says referees got everything right down the stretch including a “correct no call” on what at first appeared a backcourt violation on Toronto’s final inbound.
Adam Himmelsbach: Last 2 Min. report highlights: Bucks shouldn’t have been called for shot-clock violation on Lopez tip w/3.5 left. Kyrie should’ve been called for off. foul for pushing Middleton into Morris. Middleton should have been called for fouling Morris. Bledsoe & Giannis both fouled Kyrie
Brian Robb: Officials also missed two traveling calls against Giannis in the final 68 seconds, according to L2M report. Giannis should have been whistled for a travel prior to a jump ball being called with 3.7 seconds left.
Jonathan Feigen: Not much to see in the Rockets-Lakers L2M report. Of 12 calls/non calls, including the technicals, only one deemed incorrect, a travel on Brandon Ingram that was missed before the Paul foul and subsequent technical.
Dwight Jaynes: NBA L2M report admits there were TWO missed calls on Damian Llillard’s final drive, just as he said after the game. But that and five bucks will get you a cup of coffee anywhere in Portland.
Brian Lewis: The #NBA’s Last Two Minute Report confirmed the officials blew what should’ve been a foul against LaMarcus Aldridge on Shabazz Napier’s potential game-tying 3-pointer with :01.9 left in the #Nets 117-114 loss at the #Spurs.
Adam Himmelsbach: Last Two Minute report from Warriors/Cs says Curry should have been called for a travel with 7.9 seconds left, before he was fouled with GS leading by 2 points. No other missed or incorrect calls on the report.
Tom Orsborn: NBA’s L2M report states refs made correct non calls on Chandler’s block of DeRozan w/ 8.9 seconds left & on Simmons defending Belinelli on the inbound play w/ 1.1 left. On the Chandler block, the report says there was “marginal contact” & that he “cleanly” blocked the shot.
According to the NBA’s Two-Minute Report, Buddy Hield’s game-winning 3-pointer against the Detroit Pistons on the Kings’ final possession Saturday night was legal. “Hield (Sac) fumbles the inbound pass and subsequently bats the ball to the floor as he attempts to gain control,” the report said. “He picks up the ball with both hands thereafter, establishing full control, and legally takes one dribble prior to the start of his upward shooting motion.”
Rod Beard: NBA’s Last-2-Minute Report says officials #Kings Buddy Hield did not double-dribble before his last-second game-winner over the #Pistons. Humans watched that and determined everything was cool. Okay, then. Nothing to see here.
Ira Winderman: NBA rules Dwyane Wade was not fouled on potential game-tying 3-point attempt at close of Friday’s loss in Detroit. Per NBA officiating report: “Bullock (DET) is retreating and Wade (MIA) jumps forward to create the marginal contact during his jump shot attempt.”
Brett Dawson: For those wondering, NBA last 2 minute report says there was an incorrect non-call on Derrick White’s block on Jerami Grant at 1:45 2OT. White “makes contact with Grant’s wrist and affects his shot attempt.”
Brett Dawson: L2M also says LaMarcus Aldridge should not have been called for an offensive foul against Jerami Grant at 1:50 of the first OT: Grant “does not get into Aldridge’s path and Aldridge does not deliver contact that dislodges Grant from his position.”
Brett Dawson: Officials made two incorrect non-calls on Dennis Schröder in the second OT. Stepped out of bounds at 1:21 and committed a defensive 3 seconds at 1:03, neither called.
Brett Dawson: NBA’s last two minute report says Karl-Anthony Towns “grabs and pulls” Jermai Grant’s shoulder “affecting his ability to get to the loose ball” after Grant’s late block. Ruled an incorrect non-call.
Jonathan Feigen: According to the NBA last two minute report, James Harden traveled on a 3-point attempt when he was fouled. A shocking revelation. Gordon foul on Mitchell after ruled correct.
Rod Boone: In the official #NBA two-minute report, the refs were deemed to have made the correct call by whistling a technical foul on Bismack Biyombo for being on the court. The rest of the wacky ending was also officiated correctly, according to the league.
Ira Winderman: NBA rules foul call on Rudy Gobert that led to Wade winning free throws Sunday was correct, contrary to opinion of Jazz center. Last Two Minute Report cites no incorrect calls.
Greg Logan: #Nets coach Kenny Atkinson praised NBA for transparency of “Last Two-Minute Report” that said there were eight incorrect calls in final two minutes of regulation and 2 OTs, and 6 went against @Brooklyn Nets.
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.”
Ira Winderman: NBA officiating report says blocking foul on LeBron was correct.
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.”
Tom Westerholm: Brad Stevens says he’s never seen an L2M report.
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.”
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Chris Miller: I’m told Thomas Bryant will be the top priority for @Washington Wizards once Free Agency opens for business Sunday at 6pm #DCFamily
The Wolfpacker: Former NC State forward Torin Dorn will play on the Charlotte Hornets summer league team. He worked out twice for his hometown team leading up to the NBA Draft. #PackPros
James Ham: Hearing the Sacramento Kings have sold out of 3-day passes for the California Classic. Still have single day passes – beginning at $19 for lower level and starting at $12 for upper bowl. Fun event to get a first look at young additions. Concerts and two games for less than $20.