Would it have been likely to be called for Wade, Kobe, Ginobili, Harden etc in the same situation?
I think yes, therefore, to ensure a level playing field, it is a foul.
I honestly believe it wasn't called because refs are so used to guys 'selling' the contact. Durant didn't flail wildly, yell like Gasol, or jerk his head like he got shot. On some level that's a good thing, but it didn't work out.
It was a foul, sometimes not called in this situation, but it did not affect the shot.
How can you be certain? I'm willing to bet that a 250 lb dude putting any amount of weight on your thigh in-flight is going to affect your baseline shot pretty significantly, as in make it go short & flat off of the iron.
Anyway, I'll concede that the Heat just outplayed the Thunder.
that no call sucked but there were other blown calls (one where wade fell without being touched and a foul was called and then the ref helped him up - lol)
the goaltend call was the worst though, it was in the second quarter when OKC was making its initial charge and Miami was going through an offense drought and got 2 free points which change momentum completely and spurred the heat on another run which pushed them comfortably ahead again until the 4th.
But lets not completely fool ourselves the Thunder would have won easily if they dont start the game so poorly there is no way they wont get blown out in Miami if they try to do that again the wont have their home crowd fueling them - that is going to Brooks' biggest challenge its been 3 games in a row now that they've started very poorly.
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