The NBA has admitted today what everybody watching the game realized last night — C.J. Miles fouled Kevin Durant on the finals shot in overtime of Utah’s one point win against Oklahoma City.
Joel Litvin, NBA President, League and Basketball Operations, released this statement:
“On the final play of last night’s Oklahoma City-Utah game, the officials
missed a foul committed by the Jazz’s C.J. Miles on the Thunder’s Kevin
Durant during a three-point shot attempt.”
After the outcry — and even the Salt Lake City broadcasters calling it a foul — the league really had no choice but to admit this.
But that’s about it. This statement and $4 will buy Durant a nice soy latte to soothe his wounds. The league is not going to actually do anything about the call. So the West has a potentially big swing in its tight standings based on a bad call. The NBA, It’s Fantastic!
If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.
Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.
Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.