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NBA admits officials blew it, but that won’t help Denver now

Apr 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

George Karl AP

One day after a Kendrick Perkins tip in ended up being a key part of Oklahoma City’s win over Denver, the league has admitted the referees blew it. Never should have counted.

I’m sure that makes George Karl feel so much better.

You can see the video here, but let us set the stage: The Thunder were up by one with 1:05 seconds left when Russell Westbrook pulled up for a 13 footer, which was bouncing around and apparently on its way off the rim when Perkins leapt, got his hand in the net then tipped in the ball that was still over the cylinder. (NBA rules do not allow you to tap a ball sitting on or above the rim, the ball has to fall off before it can be touched.)

It was an obvious offensive goaltending call and everyone new it… except the referees missed it. The tip put the Thunder up three and could never get over that hump. That tip mattered.

Here is the official statement from the league:

“Kendrick Perkins was improperly credited with a basket that should have been ruled offensive basket interference with 1:05 remaining in last night’s game. Although a player is permitted to touch the net while the ball is in the cylinder above the rim, Perkins also touched the ball while it was still in the cylinder which is a violation and constitutes goaltending.”

Like we said, you know George Karl is just thrilled to hear this now.

  1. thekingdave - Apr 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Pretty sure the tip was what put OKC in the lead…

    • stinkfingers - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:03 PM

      Pretty sure you should look again.

    • davidly - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM

      Yep. The Thunder were down by one. The tip gave ‘em the lead.

    • stinkfingers - Apr 20, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Or… Perhaps I should look again. :-)

  2. jonkam - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    something has to be done im sorry i know we usually complain but this year it is just ridiculous
    the perkins tip
    the calls or no calls at the end of boston ny
    the ft differential in philly mia and the blazers game

  3. thekingdave - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    That isn’t necessary, perhaps the last minute of the game went off onto some imaginary tangent in your head. Basket gave OKC the lead.

  4. oumoonunit - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Yeah that was the play that put the thunder up. Denver was up 101 – 100 at that point. I am a Thunder fan, but I have no problem saying that was B/S call that greatly effected the game. It was the difference between Denver needing to make a quick shot instead of trying to use as much clock as possible. Denver (outside of Nene) was having a lot of trouble making shots and freethrows at the end of the game though. The refs were not the only thing that cost them the game.

    I hope to see more exciting games like the one last night though. Denver came out on fire. This might be one of the best series in the playoffs once they are over.

  5. stinkfingers - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    NBA referees suck. This is not news.

  6. pff - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    kingdave stuck it in stink’s grill !!

  7. florida727 - Apr 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    “Kendrick Perkins was improperly credited with a basket that should have been ruled offensive basket interference with 1:05 remaining in last night’s game. Although a player is permitted to touch the net while the ball is in the cylinder above the rim, Perkins also touched the ball while it was still in the cylinder which is a violation and constitutes goaltending.”
    ————————————————————
    For some unexplainable reason, I keep wanting to finish that last sentence by adding a comma and the word “and”…

    Big deal, the NBA admits what everyone in the English-speaking free world already knew… it was goaltending. Why didn’t the referees go to the table and review it on the monitor? When there are disputed critical plays that can affect the outcome of a game, especially a playoff game, the referees need to have the latitude to use the TV monitor whenever they need to. Hopefully it wouldn’t get out of control and extend the last minute of play beyond the 45 minutes of actual time it already takes them to play it.

  8. davidly - Apr 18, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Maybe the NBA should just allow the fans to make the call, say, via text-message or thumbs up/thumbs down.

  9. stevebarnes22 - Apr 18, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    How does the author of this article, Kurt Helin have a job?

    And how does this even get published? Terrible article? Completely incorrect!

    “you can see the video here, but let us set the stage…..”???????

    Set the stage with completely incorrect information…or a flat our lie? what is this?

  10. 1historian - Apr 19, 2011 at 5:49 AM

    feces occur

  11. jedicurt - Apr 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Refs make mistakes all the time… this one just cancels out the blown call by the refs when Denver attempted to intentionally foul westbrook, but the refs missed the contact, then westbrook turned the ball over right after that and Denver got 2 easy points.

    So there you go… one blown call cancels out another blown call that both resulted in 2 points… so Thunder still win by 4. Get over it Denver, OKC isn’t cocky, Denver is just a bunch of whiners!

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