The NBA Dribbled Out

Here’s the Joakim Noah tip to give the Bulls a 120-119 lead with 1.7 seconds left in overtime last night, which officials said—at the time— counted. Then, after George Karl pleaded for them to review the play, and they obliged, it was called offensive interference, and the points came off the scoreboard. This all happened despite Carlos Boozer’s pure, unadulterated joy after the bucket.

A couple possessions earlier, Kosta Koufos had very obviously tipped the ball in while it was still on the rim for Denver. After Thibodeau asked the officials to review the call (just like Karl did on this play), they said they couldn’t review the call because no official had called offensive interference on the play. I’m not really sure what the rules are for the reviewing of a play, and I don’t have time to check, but the players and coaches didn’t seem to know either. Judging by the inconsistency of the referees, they weren’t too sure either. 
The Nuggets stole their 12th straight win last night at the United Center, 119-118, and I know this because my Twitter timeline blew up about it even as LeBron was doing his LeBron thing in Boston. I went back this morning and watched the entire fourth quarter and overtime, and Thibodeau and Co. are right: the refs blew it. 
You can read more specifics about the (legitimate) beef Chicago has with the officials and what Thibodeau, Noah and others said after the game in Sam Smith’s post at Bulls.com and K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune.
Sucks when this happens, but Stern, Stu & Silver need to get the review discrepancy fixed before the playoffs. Hell hath no fury like an NBA fanbase that thinks they got jipped in the playoffs. 

Here’s the Joakim Noah tip to give the Bulls a 120-119 lead with 1.7 seconds left in overtime last night, which officials said—at the time— counted. Then, after George Karl pleaded for them to review the play, and they obliged, it was called offensive interference, and the points came off the scoreboard. This all happened despite Carlos Boozer’s pure, unadulterated joy after the bucket.

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A couple possessions earlier, Kosta Koufos had very obviously tipped the ball in while it was still on the rim for Denver. After Thibodeau asked the officials to review the call (just like Karl did on this play), they said they couldn’t review the call because no official had called offensive interference on the play. I’m not really sure what the rules are for the reviewing of a play, and I don’t have time to check, but the players and coaches didn’t seem to know either. Judging by the inconsistency of the referees, they weren’t too sure either. 

The Nuggets stole their 12th straight win last night at the United Center, 119-118, and I know this because my Twitter timeline blew up about it even as LeBron was doing his LeBron thing in Boston. I went back this morning and watched the entire fourth quarter and overtime, and Thibodeau and Co. are right: the refs blew it. 

You can read more specifics about the (legitimate) beef Chicago has with the officials and what Thibodeau, Noah and others said after the game in Sam Smith’s post at Bulls.com and K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune.

Sucks when this happens, but Stern, Stu & Silver need to get the review discrepancy fixed before the playoffs. Hell hath no fury like an NBA fanbase that thinks they got jipped in the playoffs. 

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