Let’s describe the NBA season in brief. Schedule 82 games per team. Play 82 games. Miami wins 28 in a row. X amount of 82 games end in a buzzer beater. And NBA gets X amount of buzzer beater calls wrong. Wednesday night was just part of the schedule. Ricky Rubio was the latest victim, and the Lakers the beneficiary.
The Lakers had Wednesday’s win in Minnesota all but wrapped up when the Lakers double digit lead evaporated instantly to 3 points with 4 seconds left. Kobe was at the line, missed the rebound short, which Rubio grabbed and took off with. Kobe frantically chased him down, and clumsily tried to block Rubio from behind as he tried a 27 foot runner. Here is the video.
It’s tough to tell, but based on where the ball ends up, and Rubio’s reaction I agree with him. It was a foul. The NBA agreed too. From the NBA Officials Office, the NBA said
Ricky Rubio attempted a 3-point shot at the buzzer of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120-117 win over the Timberwolves on March 27. Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion. Rubio should have been awarded three free throws.
This is becoming a habit for the NBA. Not so much the admitting fault part. More so the at fault part. This is reminiscent of the call a few weeks ago against Dahntay Jones. There was no foul call on the play, when Kobe landed on Jones’ foot coming down from a game-tying fadeaway. Kobe called the play dirty. The NBA called it a foul a day later. Since neither statement from the NBA a day later changed the result, this may have been an elaborate make up call for Kobe Bryant. Ricky Rubio: Don’t expect the same favors afforded to Kobe Bryant.
Fouls are rarely called in the final seconds, except earlier this week when Blake Griffin made one of the most unorthodox and impressive game winners in recent memory. Matt Barnes quickly made a full court pass after Dallas’ OJ Mayo made a game tying layup. Griffin jumped back to catch the ball and made the layup only for it to be disallowed for an offensive foul against Dirk. This was the wrong call.Griffin only pulled the chair out from under Dirk. The NBA did not admit fault for this incident, although
They are all difficult calls to make, but for as much time as officials take going to the monitor to check or change the call, they need to get it right. There’s no excuse to not get it right, when they take so much effort to do so. Wednesday’s call could significantly help the Lakers playoff chances, while extending their 22 game winning streak over the Timberwolves.
You make the call LA Sports Hubsters, Was it a foul?