Portland and Washington — two teams who need wins in their playoff chase — went to overtime on Saturday night.
It was there that Markief Morris drained the game winner. He took a kick-out from John Wall in the corner, took a step back and pump faked when Allen Crabbe closed out, stepped inside the arc and hit the shot with just 0.4 seconds left.
But when Morris stepped back, did he step out of bounds?
The referees on the court did not consult the video replay, despite the protests of the Trail Blazers. After the game fans threw beer and trash on the court in anger, but referee Rodney Mott told a pool reporter that the out of bounds play is not a trigger for a review. Mott added after the game they saw the replay and he should have been called out, but the play was not reviewable and the refs did not see it in real time.
Portland gets the loss and the league is now not going to overturn the outcome, but Portland has a right to be pissed. That said, the Blazers led this game by 21 at the half and couldn’t hold the lead, so this loss is not all on the refs.