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Last night the Sixers defeated the Cavaliers, 90-89. The winning team breathed a sigh of relief and headed in to the locker room. The officials, meanwhile, reviewed the final few seconds and decided to call a foul against Philly.
You can’t be serious?
Both teams are put back on to the court. Devin Brown makes two free throws. Cavs win, 91-90.
So, how does something like this happen?
On the play, LeBron James drove the lane and had his shot blocked. Brown gathered the ball and was fouled on his shot attempt. It wasn't originally called, but the replays showed that he was definitely hit.
That’s the NBA for you - There are always questionable calls, and many fouls don’t get called at all. I just think that the officials picked a heck of a time to get it right. What’s gotten in to them?
In any case, bringing the players back out of the locker room is crazy. It should never be done. In fact, the whole system begs for improvement.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that there are no challenge flags in the basketball, and that reviewing things at the end of each quarter was supposed to be the NBA’s way of avoiding controversy. But , with scenarios like this, I’m not so sure it’s having the desired affect.
Personally, I don't know how they missed the call in the first place, but referees are human (at least that’s what I’ve been told) and can’t get every call right.
Somehow, I doubt that the Sixers are taking much solace in that fact. Imagine being the guy standing by the schedule with a bottle of Liquid Paper after having that win snatched away. I think “demoralizing” pretty much sums it up.
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