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Spurs play with six players on final possession against Mavericks

May 3, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT

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Down two and without the ball, the Spurs faced dismal odds of beating the Mavericks in the closing seconds of Game 6 Friday, but Monta Ellis – in an attempt to run out the clock – threw the ball out of bounds with 1.3 seconds left. San Antonio’s chances improve a bit.

They improved much more when the Spurs ran their next play with six players.

Boris Diaw’s deep pass was tipped out of bounds by Ellis, giving San Antonio an inbound inside halfcourt with 0.4 seconds left.Maybe the Mavericks would have intercept the ball if they didn’t have to guard six players.

A lot of confusion about substitutions preceded the final play as Ellis frantically held up six fingers. It’s unclear whether he was complaining the Spurs just inbounded the ball with six players or were trying to do it again.

Eventually, Kawhi Leonard went to the bench, San Antonio inbounded once more without getting off a shot and the Mavericks won 113-111 to set up a Game 7 Sunday.

Oh, and as I’m sure you guessed if you’ve watched these playoffs so far, the referees let all this unfold without a call.

(hat tip: Deadspin)

  1. cmehustle - May 3, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Another example of the coaching genius of Popovich!

    • spursareold - May 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Pop’s playing chess, everyone else is playing chess with one less piece!!

  2. sammadison - May 3, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Spurs be cheating. Just like when they illegally subbed Tim Duncan in the end of game 6 against the HEAT after the ray Allen shot. Good thing their cheating didn’t pay off in either occurrence. Who knows about all the other ones we don’t know about?

  3. 00millerfortune - May 3, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    That’s not how you win 6th man Manu!

  4. larrydavid7000 - May 3, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Who’s worse the sputter or refs. One cheated the other one blind.

  5. ProBasketballPundit - May 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    The refs might actually have too many new rules to keep everything in mind at all times. Notice how they’re calling 90 flagrant fouls a game so they can go to the scorer’s table and look at the monitors? That’s actually just a smoke break for them.

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