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NBA says Harden game winner should not have counted

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by by78, May 6, 2016.

  1. by78

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    LOL, what a season! Everybody is piling on the Rockets... So Barkley was right: it was a clean sweep by the Warriors even without Curry.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/15305873/2016-nba-playoffs-league-says-james-harden-game-winner-houston-rockets-not-counted

    NBA says Harden winner should not have counted


    The NBA came down harshly Friday in its review of the officials' crunch-time calls -- or lack thereof -- in the Houston Rockets' 97-96, Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors, saying James Harden's game-winning shot should not have counted.

    It was among five incorrect calls in the final two minutes, the NBA said in its assessment of officials' late-game performance dubbed the "Last Two Minute Report."

    On the replay from Thursday night's game, it appeared Harden pushed off Golden State's Andre Iguodala before converting a 10-foot, step-back jumper with 2.7 seconds to play. The league said Harden initiated contact with Iguodala before hitting the basket.

    Ian Clark's layup had put Golden State up by one with 10.6 seconds left after Shaun Livingston stole a pass from Trevor Ariza on the other end.

    Harden, who finished with 35 points, then took the ball downcourt and stepped back for the jump shot to win it.

    "The last shot was typical of what James does," Rockets coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "The move, we've seen before. The finish, we've seen before. You do get spoiled by it at times, but in these biggest of moments, you can't help but appreciate it."

    Golden State had a chance to win the game after Harden's shot, but Draymond Green dribbled the inbounds pass off his foot and out of bounds.

    "I cost us the game," Green said. "The world will think I'm talking about that last turnover, but I'm not. That happens. I was awful the whole game. I care about that turnover, but I cost us the game way before then."

    The NBA also said it had reviewed Green's end-of-game conduct -- in which, with one second left, he took Houston's Michael Beasley to the ground as the Rockets were trying to inbound the ball to run out the clock -- and had issued the Warriors forward a flagrant foul 1, the milder of the flagrant fouls in which the opponent would be awarded two free throws and possession of the ball.

    The league said that the officials' no-call on the play was incorrect and that its basketball operations office had reviewed the play, specifically the contact.

    The play was a point of emphasis from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Twitter late Thursday night, when a video of the contact was displayed of Green tackling Beasley to the ground.

    Information from ESPN's Calvin Watkins and The Associated Press was used in this report.
     
  2. rocketsballin

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    what about his 0 free throw game 1? that game should be a do over then
     
  3. MistaK

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    Uhmmm a bit late to the party??!! This was weeks ago. Also, there were a bunch of other no-calls that would have allowed the Rockets to put the game away either way.

    Also IMO, and a lot of the media heads seem to agree with this as well, this really should have been a no call. You see players get away with worse. The contact looked worse than it was, because AI probably assumed that Harden was gonna drive and lost balance.
     
  4. Haymitch

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    In other breaking news the Rockets have traded Lin to the Lakers
     
  5. Jontro

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    Damn... does that mean our 1st round exit has an *asterisk*?
     
  6. sammy

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    THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
     
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    Are you serious right now? The date on this article is April 23rd! Did you just wake up from a cryogenic nap or something? Also, hot tub time travel can have serious and far reaching consequences. Be safe out there.
     
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    He guys, if we ignore the completely illegal screens that had been set literally every play for the entire series, we actually can find ONE call that actually helped the rockets!

    Thanks NBA
     
  10. oogie boogie

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    Rockets will be the 1 in 16 and 1.
     
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    Now I know why the Rockets lost the series and folded in the remaining games. NBA screwed us badly.

    We wanted to be down 3-0 and then make an all time run to the title
     
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    Finley was out of bounds!
     
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    No doubt in my mind
     
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    By78 is a troll...it's becoming pretty obvious.

    But for those others out there. NBA L2R also said Beasley was held on the inbounds play, and that directly led to the steal, since he was the target of the pass. Should have been Beasley at the line, up by 1.
     
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    Did you know Josh and Dwight were AAU teammates??
     
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    Guys we just signed Dwight Howard. Championship baby!
     
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    Clyde Drexler has been traded to the Houston Rockets!!
     
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    A bit late to the party but I would like to add that this is how Harden creates separation in a half court set a large majority of the time this season. He doesn't have that explosiveness that he had the season prior. He only gets by his man without any sort of push off of elbow shove when he is running downhill at full speed and the opponent is backpedaling which I would say most NBA guards can do anyways.

    If the refs called that every time for Harden he would be screwed.
     
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    I know this guy is a troll, but if NBA refs called everything strictly according to the rule book, no superstar would have their way as much as they do now, including GSW illegal screen for Curry and Lebron's blatant traveling. Besides, there's a strong tradition in NBA wrt not interfering with shooters in the clutch time, all the way back to Jordan and Reggie Miller days.
     

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