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NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:24 pm
Edited on: January 21, 2012 4:27 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver 

Everyone saw it happen except the three guys in the striped shirts, and now the NBA has admitted that its referees blew a crucial kick ball no-call that helped decide a Friday night game between the Indiana Pacers and the Golden State Warriors.

With less than 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of a tied game, Warriors guard Monta Ellis attempted a cross over move on Pacers guard George Hill outside the 3-point arc. Ellis' right-to-left dribble move resulted in the ball bouncing off Hill's right foot, which was raised off the ground. The ball ricocheted into Hill's arms and he took off the other direction, finishing a lay-up while being fouled by Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who tried in vain to foul him to prevent the lay-up. Hill made his free throw, Curry missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Pacers escaped with a 94-91 road victory at Oracle Arena.

The NBA announced on Saturday that the refereeing crew of Mike Callahan, Courtney Kirkland and Tony Brown should have whistled Hill for a kick ball violation, which would have returned possession to the Warriors with the score tied and roughly five seconds remaining on the clock. 

Here's the league's official explanation. 
With 5.4 seconds remaining in the Indiana-Golden State game on Jan. 20, Pacers guard George Hill intentionally kicked the ball away from Warriors guard Monta Ellis during his cross over dribble. According to rule no. 10, Section IV.b, kicking the ball or striking it with any part of the leg is a violation when it is an intentional act. The officials missed the kicked ball violation which should have resulted in a deadball situation and Golden State inbounding the ball on the sideline nearest the spot of the violation.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson and his team were furious, and he vigorously argued the call with officials after the ensuing play.

With the win, the Pacers improved to 10-4. The Warriors fell to 5-10.

The NBA also recently admitted that their referees blew a late no-call on a traveling violation by Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James.

Here's vide of the obvious blown call via YouTube user NBA.



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Comments

Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:46 am
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

Not sure why anyone would think that's an intentional kick.  It certainly doesn't look like it to me.  Hill was playing defense and Ellis tried to cross him over but dribbled it off his foot.  The Pacers benefitted from a good bounce but I don't think it was a blown call. 



Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:54 am
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

I'm obviously missing something here.  The ball bounced off of Hill's foot.  How is that kicking it?  The rules state it has to be intentional.  It doesn't look like Hill is playing soccer.  Whether Ellis bounced the ball off of Hill's foot, or Hill accidentally kicked it whle defending Ellis, it isn't intentional and therefore not a foul. Like someone else commented, NBA "stars" don't get called for technicals.  Some of the technical called on Pacers players are absolutely ridiculous.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:20 pm
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

My question here is, why admit referee mistakes if nothing is done about it. Both teams got what they didn't deserve. Are the referees being penalized?



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 7:19 pm
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

I bet they threw that bit in about LeBron's insignificant travel in that 30 point massacre of the lakers. We all saw it, but who cares. The Lakers got destroyed.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:44 am
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

It happens. And it happens to every team. A lot. The crying shame of the situation is that it happens much more often that all-star and big name players (Kobe, LeBron/DWade/Dirk) get the benefit of the doubt. I get so dang tired of watching rookies and lesser-famed players get slapped with the letter of the law while on the next play one of the Names does the exact same thing and gets no call or goes to the free throw line. 

Oh, and technicals? Unless it's Dwight Howard, a Name can do far, far more in the face of a ref than anyone else can. Why don't you try slamming the ball down and screaming the F-word in the face of the ref (Dirk Nowitzki)? You'd be in the locker room. Instead, Dirk is allowed to play and make a major impact down the stretch. Disgusting. It's not anywhere close to fair, but it's the NBA.

Players are still responsible for winning and losing games, but you have to admit that even one blown call can drastically change the impact of the game. Make it two or three bad calls, and it can be a momentum changer or decide the outcome of the game. 

Follow that slippery slope another step, and one game won or lost can mean the difference between a team making the playoffs or not, winnning or losing a playoff series - even a championship. And a few games won or lost can mean coaches keep or lose a job, players get contracts extended or not, etc, etc, etc.

It's nauseating that there isn't ANY recourse for a team, coach or player to challenge a given call, even after the fact.  



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 6:47 pm
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

"OK so NBA on youtube thought it was the steal of the night AND I missed it from the video (but obviously something happened 'cause the bouce wasn't regular) so how is it the refs get thrown under the bus. Us humans miss stuff sometimes - we should call something like "human error" or something else snappy. It happens can't review everything ."  --dohanut

My friend, I most heartily agree with you. Would that it were that simple in the real world, where reasonable people like you and me are outshouted by sweaty, frightened degenerates who must now come up with 15 large so that unsympathetic men will not break them like cheap plywood. 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:59 pm
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

OK so NBA on youtube thought it was the steal of the night AND I missed it from the video (but obviously something happened 'cause the bouce wasn't regular) so how is it the refs get thrown under the bus. Us humans miss stuff sometimes - we should call something like "human error" or something else snappy. It happens can't review everything .

 



Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2012 5:44 pm
 

NBA admits refs blew crucial kick ball no-call

Thank you guys in the striped white and blue shirts. We owe you one.


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