Author: Brett Pollakoff

Paul Pierce

NBA: Paul Pierce’s late 3 vs. Hawks should have been waved off because of moving screen from Marcin Gortat


Near the very end of Game 5 between the Wizards and the Hawks, it appeared as though Paul Pierce had struck again.

Pierce had gotten free in the corner, and knocked down a three-pointer which gave his team a one-point lead with 8.3 seconds left.

Of course, the lead only held for one more possession, as Al Horford cleaned up a miss by Dennis Schröder to give the Hawks the victory, and a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

A day later, the NBA says that Pierce’s shot shouldn’t have counted anyway, thanks to a moving screen by Marcin Gortat that the referees let go unnoticed.

From the league’s Last Two Minute report:

“Gortat (WAS) continues moving as he sets the screen on Millsap (ATL) without giving him the opportunity to stop and/or change direction.”

Looking at the replay, Gortat was clearly moving on the screen, so the league labeling this as an incorrect no-call is in fact correct in hindsight.

But just imagine if Atlanta didn’t score on the following possession, and the Wizards won on this play, with the league later admitting that the shot never should have counted in the first place.

Kyrie Irving leaves Game 6 with injury (VIDEO)

Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving left in the second quarter of Game 6, after stepping on a teammate’s foot and appearing to tweak a previous left knee injury.

Irving had the knee re-wrapped in the locker room, and was reportedly probable to return. But as soon as he went out, the Cavaliers ended the half on a 23-9 run to take a 14-point lead into the halftime intermission.

Irving remained on the bench to start the second half. We’ll he if he ends up returning, should the Bulls be able to threaten significantly.

Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic commits flagrant foul in Game 6 with clothesline of Iman Shumpert (VIDEO)

Nikola Mirotic, Joakim Noah

Nikola Mirotic caught Iman Shumpert with a clothesline of sorts in the second quarter of Game 6 between the Bulls and the Cavaliers, and was issued a flagrant-one foul because of it.

The contact to the neck was unnecessary, and the flagrant-one seemed to be the correct call.

Shumpert seemed to be unaffected, and scored his team’s next five points to put the Cavaliers up 47-40 with 4:31 to play in the first half.