Doc Rivers went nuts about the refereeing during the Clippers’ 127-122 double-overtime loss to the Nets on Tuesday, getting ejected.
If he stuck around a little longer, he could’ve seen the crucial missed call the NBA later admitted was incorrect.
The Last Two Minute Report contains two missed calls.
The first, an uncalled travel on J.J. Redick in the first overtime, was inconsequential. The Clippers turned the ball over on that possession anyway.
The second helped Brooklyn clinch the win.
With the Clippers down two and 37 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Chris Paul missed a jumper. Sean Kilpatrick grabbed the defensive rebound and converted a three-point play on the other end to ice the game.
But Kilpatrick secured the defensive rebound with help from Isaiah Whitehead, who got away with a loose-ball fouling DeAndre Jordan:
Whitehead (BKN) clamps the arm of Jordan (LAC) and affects his ability to retrieve the rebound.
The Nets weren’t in the penalty, so Jordan wouldn’t have gotten free throws. But the Clippers would’ve gotten the ball back with another chance to tie or take the lead.
Instead, this missed call robbed them of that opportunity.
Remember Isaiah Austin?
He declared for the NBA draft out of Baylor two years ago, but in pre-draft evaluations, he was diagnosed with career-ending Marfan syndrome.
A $1 million insurance policy kicked in. The NBA ceremoniously drafted him. NBA2K15 put him into its video game. The league even offered him a job once he got his degree.
But that’s not where his story ends.
Austin was cleared to play, he told Cassy Athena.
Will Austin reach the NBA? He faces a long road.
Though he was once viewed as a potential top-10 pick, he was projected in the second round by the time he left Baylor. The 7-foot-1 center has plenty of athleticism and a nice shooting stroke. There will be intrigue. But he never put his skills together at Baylor, too frequently deferring. And that was before he missed two years. Who knows where he is now?
But that we’re evaluating Austin’s on-court abilities at this point is a victory in its own right.
Update: Marc Stein of ESPN:
The Nets signed Allen Crabbe to a $75 million offer sheet. The Trail Blazers matched.
The Nets signed Tyler Johnson to a $50 million offer sheet. The Heat matched.
Third time a charm?
Brooklyn might find out with Donatas Motiejunas, who remains a restricted free agent with the Rockets.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
The Rockets became so disenchanted with Motiejunas negotiations, they reportedly pulled their offer (which reportedly contained a $7 million guarantee for this season). An offer sheet from another team might be Motiejunas’ best chance to find a favorable deal.
The Nets have more than $18 million in cap space, so they can afford to top Houston’s previous offer – but they don’t have to if that’s no longer on the table. Motiejunas might have missed out by waiting.
Brooklyn is in a bind with so many draft picks sent to the Celtics. The Nets must be creative in adding talent, a productive 26-year-old with health concerns might be a reasonable risk for them. The results of this physical will be essential in determining how to proceed.
Justin Anderson read this alley-oop well.
Dewayne Dedmon just got higher.
This helped the Spurs pull away for a 94-87 win after the Mavericks led by 13 in the third quarter and eight with seven minutes left in the game.