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NBA admits referee blew late goaltending call

Posted on: February 7, 2012 4:45 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 4:58 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

Oops, we did it again.

The NBA has publicly admitted once again that one of its officials made an incorrect call on a game-deciding possession.

In a statement posted to NBA.com/official on Tuesday, the NBA acknowledged that referee Scott Foster made an "incorrect call" when he whistled Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge for a goaltending violation with six seconds remaining in regulation of a Monday night game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Rose Garden. Aldridge, who was defending Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant, blocked the shot into the backboard, but was still whistled for a violation, as Foster apparently thought he had pinned the ball on the glass.

Here's the league's statement.

With six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge was called for goaltending on a shot attempted by the Thunder's Kevin Durant (shown below). With the benefit of slow motion replay following the game, it has been determined that Aldridge made contact with the ball just before the ball hit the backboard. Therefore, this should have been ruled a good block and goaltending was the incorrect call. (As determined by the NBA's Competition Committee, referees may not use instant replay on goaltending calls.)

The basket pulled Oklahoma City even in regulation and the Thunder went on to win in overtime, 111-107.

Following the game, Blazers coach Nate McMillan disputed the call and told the media that he would send video of the play to the league office for review. 

Aldridge disputed the call and was upset that the referees did not offer him an explanation.

"They act kind of sensitive sometimes," Aldridge said when asked if the referees had given him any explanation of their call. "He just told me the call was done and walked away... I timed it perfect, I put it on the glass, it didn't hit the glass first. I figured it was a clean block. The ref who called it was the furthest one from the basket so that's pretty interesting."

Back on Jan. 21, the NBA admitted its referees blew a no-call on a fourth-quarter kick ball by Pacers guard George Hill, which helped push Indiana to a late win. The NBA also admitted this season that their referees blew a late no-call on a traveling violation by Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James.

Here's a video replay of the blown goaltending call during a game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder.


Comments

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:09 pm
 

NBA admits referee blew late goaltending call

The NBA also  this season that their referees blew a late no-call on a traveling violation by Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James.
I think the referees could be excused for this mistake- I mean, LeBron James traveling? What are the odds of that?



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:08 pm
 

NBA admits referee blew late goaltending call

The NBA has the worst refs in sports BY FAR!!! they blow calls and if you dare diosagree you get a tech and the otehr team get a fould shot.  Its unreal.



Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:05 pm
 

NBA admits referee blew late goaltending call

eh at least they admitted to it. better than in the past.



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:03 pm
 

NBA admits referee blew late goaltending call

not to mention the ref thats standing out by midcourt made the court.  Why not huddle with the other 2 refs and change their call.
So Pathetic.  I am telling you the NBA is still rigged to help the front running teams.  



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:00 pm
 

NBA admits referee blew late goaltending call

Please tell me why they didn't review this then and correct the call?    I mean anytime Miami might get an out of bounds play called against them the zebras run over there and change the call so Miami can have the ball.  Game deciding moment and what they didn't even go to the monitors? I didn't see the end of the game so not sure but its more of the refs protecting OKC and Miami cuz those are the 2 of the 3 best teams these days.  Such a joke. The Blazers were robbed.  Why not start the game over at that point the next time they play?  Hell they did that in baseball years ago with the George Brett pine tar game.   NBA refs and Stern are jokers.


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