The OKC Thunder rebounded to win game 2 of the Western Conference semi-final series in San Antonio on Monday night. The last 13.5 seconds were filled with controversy and the analysts are running wild over the chaos that ensued beginning with OKC’s last inbound pass from Dion Walters. Clearly running out of time to inbound the ball (some analysts claim he should have been called for a 5 second violation), Walters elbowed Manu Ginobili in the chest and then threw a wild pass that was corralled by Danny Green. Green passed to Patty Mills for what looked like a layup until enormous Steven Adams ran him down. Mills passed to Ginobili in the corner who moved to the lane making a casual behind the head pass back to Mills in the corner – who had his shot blocked by Adams who also appeared to foul Mills on the play by knocking him into the stands. LaMarcus Aldridge got the rebound only to be clearly fouled going up for what would have been the game winning basket and the game was over. Maybe the refs are just “letting them play” but clearly missed the call on Walters on the inbound pass that started the mayhem.
After the game, referee Ken Mauer admitted that his “team” had blown the call.
Q – Can you explain what the referees saw on the in-bounds play with 13.5 seconds remaining when Dion Waiters appeared to make contact with Manu Ginobili?
A – On the floor we did not see a foul on the play. However, upon review we realize and we agree we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It’s a play we’ve never seen before, ever. We should have had an offensive foul on the play.
Q – Had an offensive call been made on Waiters what rule would have applied to a foul committed before throw-in?
A – An offensive foul. Possession Spurs.
Thanks a lot, Ken. Red predicts that the Spurs take no prisoners on Friday in OKC and reclaim home court advantage.