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NBA admits referees blew call at end of Thunder/Jazz, as if it had a choice

Apr 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EST

The NBA has admitted today what everybody watching the game realized last night — C.J. Miles fouled Kevin Durant on the finals shot in overtime of Utah’s one point win against Oklahoma City.

Joel Litvin, NBA President, League and Basketball Operations, released this statement:

“On the final play of last night’s Oklahoma City-Utah game, the officials
missed a foul committed by the Jazz’s C.J. Miles on the Thunder’s Kevin
Durant during a three-point shot attempt.”

After the outcry — and even the Salt Lake City broadcasters calling it a foul — the league really had no choice but to admit this.

But that’s about it. This statement and $4 will buy Durant a nice soy latte to soothe his wounds. The league is not going to actually do anything about the call. So the West has a potentially big swing in its tight standings based on a bad call. The NBA, It’s Fantastic!

  1. Jeff - Apr 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    This makes it even for the blown call at the end of the last OKC/Jazz game in OKC that cost the Jazz a win.

  2. Anonymous - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    what about the terrible calls in the Cavs/Bucks game last week??????

  3. Randall_From_Okla_City - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    This game will become legend. It was a huge thriller. Now this game has a name. It’s the blown-call game. Sort of like Denver’s The Drive game with Cleveland back int he 80’s. I LOVE IT. GO THUNDER

  4. mrtinez666 - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Hey Stern, you POS. How about owning up to 2002 Western Conference Finals Lakers-Kings game 6 debacle?

  5. mrtinez666 - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Hey Stern, you POS. How about owning up to 2002 Western Conference Finals Lakers-Kings game 6 debacle?

  6. Randall_From_Okla_City - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    Let Durant fly back to Utah tomorrow and shoot the three free throws. Record them and then if OKC wins, change the OKC loss to a win.

  7. Randall_From_Okla_City - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    I hope the first round series playoff series is Utah vs Okla City. fireworks ! NBA now has a Lakers-Celtics Rivalry. Jazz-Thunder.

  8. Mark - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    What difference does it make because the referees never get disciplined.

  9. notimeforfools - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    This happens all the time in the NBA, although everyone else knew it was a foul the 3 blind mice didn’t see it. I find the officiating pathetic in the NBA and NFL, and marginally better in the NHL. MLB and the UMPS generally get it right so congrats to them. Maybe the NBA and NFL could talk to MLB and get their officials some training. Why these Jackasses can’t get it right is beyond me. Utah had an NBA championship denied them when Jordan pushed off so this is not unusual behavior. Oh by the way why not discipline them instead of apologizing for their incompetence. At least that would show some real concern over their game changing errors.

  10. Patrick - Apr 7, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    The entire NBA officiating in every game is a fraud. That is the only reason I do not watch the NBA. Period. Nothing ever happens to the officials who neglect their officiating duties. David Stern is a POS and runs the absolutely worst professional league antwhere in the world.

  11. fissilemissile - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    @Patrick. I wouldn’t go as far as to back your first statement but I back everything else up 100% with the comment about David Stern 1000%.

  12. Lenny - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:09 PM

    Well David Stern maybe you should ask yourself the question; “If I never would have let the Seattle Sonics get sold to a lying, sleazy, incosiderate A-hole, then maybe Seattle would have helped smooth it over.” But lets check… NOPE!!! Stern got too much money to line his pocket to let them go. Someone should start a web site call “firedavidstern.com” however I don’t think it would get enough press as the firepelosi website. Even though she should be fired too….

  13. donw - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    So what is the point if nothing is going to be done? Why doesn’t phoney Stern declare that the foul called on Miles right at the end of regulation was a blown call also. That foul shot with the basket made by Durrant closed the Thunder within one point.
    If the idiots at NBA Headquarters are going to declare which fouls are blown, then they could at least be consistent and make the calls on all of them.
    The Refs protected Durrant all night long with phantom calls on Jazz players, then one call gets blown the Thunder Fans start whining and crying.
    NBA has now set a precedant for criticizing the referee’s calls – now they need to be consistent and provide this critique on a daily basis.
    Randall from OK City, why aren’t you commenting about the protection provided your new boy wonder, all game long?
    Deal with it, all of the other NBA cities have had to.

  14. InbeGay - Apr 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Mrtinez666 you are absolutely right. Beyond the Jordan favoritism of the ’90’s, Shaq and his goons did what they wanted the first half of last decade. That 2002 W.C.F. was an absolute joke. It was such a league mandated win. If I would have bet’d on that game/series I would have sued. And how many years ago did that one ref get busted for throwing games ? And he spilled on the league big time, whatever happened about that ? Nothing, absolutely nothing. And nothing ever will, there’s too much money. Bah the NBA is garbage.

  15. zonashadow - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    NBA……….Nothing But A holes. Suns were da Champions of ’07 and the NBA allows fixxed games, favors rapist, criminals as well. That’s America, Baby!!!

  16. Ex NBA Fan - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Pro sports have too much riding on the outcomes to allow the best teams to win. Would the Lakers have won as many championships in the past 20 years if they were still in Minneapolis? No way! The NBA has been OBVIOUSLY fixing games for years…The Jazz-Bulls finals in 1998 was predetermined—the Jazz were the better team, but the NBA wanted the Bulls to win because Michael Jordan’s name sold more jerseys. It was the first time the “fix” became BLATENTLY obvious to the average fan. The Lakers-Kings semi-final in 2002 was just as obvious—outside of Sacramento, who would want to buy Kings merchandise….and so it goes.
    For the real inside scoop, pick up a copy of “Personal Foul” by Tim Donaghy. It just came out. He’s the NBA ref who went to jail for betting on games. It’s a fascinating look at just how real and easy it is for refs to determine the outcome of the games. Mr. Donaghy names names, references actual games, etc. No wonder the NBA tried to get it banned from print.
    So for those of you who think the best or most deserving team wins, think again. For those of you who can watch an NBA game and enjoy the mind-boggling talents of some players but realize that it’s purely entertainment and the outcome is already predetermined, good for you! My condolences to those fans of the Kings, Jazz, Thunder, Timberwolves, etc. Enjoy your teams and your players, but don’t take it personally when the outcome of a playoff-determining game goes against them. The NBA (and David Stern) is a machine and no one seems to have the chutzpah to take them on!

  17. Ex NBA Fan - Apr 7, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Pro sports have too much riding on the outcomes to allow the best teams to win. Would the Lakers have won as many championships in the past 20 years if they were still in Minneapolis? No way! The NBA has been OBVIOUSLY fixing games for years…The Jazz-Bulls finals in 1998 was predetermined—the Jazz were the better team, but the NBA wanted the Bulls to win because Michael Jordan’s name sold more jerseys. It was the first time the “fix” became BLATENTLY obvious to the average fan. The Lakers-Kings semi-final in 2002 was just as obvious—outside of Sacramento, who would want to buy Kings merchandise….and so it goes.
    For the real inside scoop, pick up a copy of “Personal Foul” by Tim Donaghy. It just came out. He’s the NBA ref who went to jail for betting on games. It’s a fascinating look at just how real and easy it is for refs to determine the outcome of the games. Mr. Donaghy names names, references actual games, etc. It appears that over the last 15+ years, pretty much everyone (refs, coaches, even players) is in on it. No wonder the NBA tried to get it banned from print! The only person who has been willing to stand up to the NBA is Mavs owner Mark Cuban—and we all know how much the NBA likes him!
    So for those of you who think the best or most deserving team wins, think again. For those of you who can watch an NBA game and enjoy the mind-boggling talents of some players but realize that it’s purely entertainment and the outcome is already predetermined, good for you! My condolences to those fans of the Kings, Jazz, Thunder, Timberwolves, etc. Enjoy your teams and your players, but don’t take it personally when the outcome of a playoff-determining game or a playoff series goes against them. The NBA (and David Stern) is a machine and to date, only one person seems to have the chutzpah to publically take them on!

  18. Mari - Apr 7, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    I’m so sick of the refs dictating the games and supposedly missing calls that are so obvious. When will the refs will start to be fined for missing calls like this one and others. The NBA is so quick to fine the players and couches when they complaint about these type of calls but when the refs miss calls on purpose they don’t get fined..

  19. MJL - Apr 8, 2010 at 12:26 AM

    I hope those refs die real soon, I really do. You can’t do that to people. They saw it, it was clear cut, but they had made their minds up before the play was even run that they were not gonna call a foul even if one was to happen. I hope something real bad happens to them, and their wives become widows, and their kids become fatherless. They can burn in hell for all I care. They’re ruining the integrity of the game, it’s been going on for years. But I hope for their sake they never step foot in OKC, becuz if they do….I’ll be there, and it won’t be pretty. That’s a promise.

  20. davidly - Apr 8, 2010 at 9:19 AM

    I can remember a couple of crunch-time calls that,
    had they gone another way,
    might’ve given Phil Jackson one more ring with Chicago,
    and one less in LA.

  21. jazzman - May 5, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Hey Zona lighten up it is just sports and besides we pay them to entertain us otherwise we not buy game TICs or Game channels.
    WE make America what it is so lets change it ourselves. DO you have the sack? come join me.

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