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NBA Basically Admits Clippers Should Have Won

Dec. 21, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA, USA - The Los Angeles Clipper's Jamal Crawford (11) and Chris Paul (3) reacts on a foul call to Crawford during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015. (Photo by Kyusung Gong/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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If there’s one thing you can say about Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, it’s that he’s not the type to take something like a blown call that cost his team the game too seriously. OK. Maybe not. But you know he’s going to love that the NBA has essentially admitted that they blew the calls that cost the Clippers their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

There were a number of mistakes in the last few seconds of the game which Kevin Durant “won” on a last second shot that the league is admitting the officials got wrong. First, with regards to Westbrook and  Chris Paul with 10.9 seconds left, the official report says, “L-SLASH shows that as he falls to the ground, Westbrook (OKC) undercuts Paul (LAC) and makes contact with his left leg that affects his movement to the basket on the made layup attempt.”

So Paul should have gotten the and-1 there.

Then, on the play where Durant sank the game-winner, the league admits that Serge Ibaka should have been called for an illegal screen, saying, “Ibaka (OKC) extends his arms as he sets the screen on Mbah a Moute (LAC) without giving him room to avoid the contact.”

All that said, the pendulum swung both ways, as the report also says, “After the ball becomes loose, Mbah a Moute (LAC) and Westbrook (OKC) make incidental foot to foot contact causing Westbrook to fall to the floor.” The play is called incorrect by the official report, which, since there was no foul called on the play, suggests that there should have been.

So, if the officials call that, Pual’s field goal gets waived off and there’s no need for Durant to hit the game-winner. I guess it’s all a matter of perspective. Maybe it really does all balance out in the end.

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