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NBA says refs missed call at the end of Nuggets-Grizzlies; Denver should have had a chance at final shot

Apr 1, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

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At the end of Denver’s 94-92 home loss to the Grizzlies on Monday, Memphis’ Courtney Lee missed a free throw with 0.7 seconds remaining that was rebounded by Kenneth Faried as the fraction of a second ticked away.

But the league, in continuing its efforts to increase transparency with the officiating, released a statement on Tuesday saying that the refs missed a call.

“Upon review at the league office, we have confirmed that a free throw taken by Memphis’ Courtney Lee with 0.7 seconds remaining in the game did not touch the rim,” said Rod Thorn, NBA President, Basketball Operations in the official release. “A violation should have been called with Denver inbounding the ball with 0.7 seconds left on the clock.  Since the Nuggets had no timeouts remaining, they would not have been able to advance the ball to the frontcourt.”

The missed free throw attempt and subsequent end to the game can be viewed here.

It would have been a long shot at best for the Nuggets to inbound the ball by throwing a pass the length of the court to get a credible look with under a second remaining, but that’s beside the point — as the league noted a day later, they should have been given that chance.

  1. 6stn - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    What in the Denkinger good does it do for league offices to admit officiating mistakes? They don’t allow do-overs a day later.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      They’re calling out the refs publicly. “Hey, this guy screwed up.”
      It doesn’t change the outcome, but it’s better than Stern and his refs-are-perfect stance.

      • 6stn - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:41 AM

        I know. I’ve just been waiting since the 1985 World Series to use that umpire’s name as a cuss word.

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        Pointing out these mistakes puts pressure on refs to get calls right the next time and improves transparency.

        Refs are constantly scrutinized by the league and multiple errors will not look good for a particular ref. Instead of acting like a dictatorship, the league is admitting when it’s refs are wrong. I like it.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    How does an NBA player not hit the rim with a FT attempt?

    • RavenzGunnerz - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:41 AM

      Ge was trying to miss the ft on purpose, forgot he most hit the rim.

      • eugenesaxe1 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        That makes perfect sense. You’d think that little bit could’ve been put somewhere in the article.

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