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Report: Warriors’ Joe Lacob pushed back against Adam Silver’s Kevin Durant issues in ownership meeting

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Warriors owner Joe Lacob said he felt resentment from other owners at the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting in July.

Those owners apparently weren’t the only source of it.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

When NBA commissioner Adam Silver met with his league’s Board of Governors in July, he volunteered to a room that included multiple owners that he was no fan of Kevin Durant‘s move to Golden State, fearing its implications on competitive balance. All around him, there were owners and top team executives thrilled to hear the commissioner speak out.

Golden State owner Joe Lacob felt something under seize , finally speaking up, defending the astute way with which the Warriors constructed their roster, managed their salary cap, and reminded everyone, “Hey, the Warriors didn’t win the championship. Cleveland did.” No apologies out of Lacob and no backing down.

Silver didn’t hide his competitive-balance concerns afterward, but he carefully didn’t link them so directly to Durant signing with Golden State. Instead, Silver talked about the perception of the Warriors and Cavaliers as overwhelming favorites and respecting Durant’s right to pick his team.

For that, Silver received rebukes from Durant’s mom and Jerry West.

Apparently, that wasn’t the only negative feedback Silver received.

But Silver also surely satisfied more of his bosses than the one in Golden State pushing back. It’s a numbers game, and Silver is appeasing the crowd – not the one team with Durant.

Lacob is right. Golden State exploited a fluke jump in the salary cap to have space and an appealing environment at just the right time a superstar was considering changing teams. As any team would’ve if in the same position, it signed him.

Silver can dislike the acquisition. Other owners can complain. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement can make it more difficult to assemble super teams. But the Warriors have Durant, and there’s no reason for them to be anything but defiant when criticized.

NBA: Kings benefited from missed DeMarcus Cousins three-second violation in win over Trail Blazers

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After the Kings’ 126-121 win over the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, DeMarcus Cousins ranted about the “ridiculous” treatment he gets from referees.

Turns out, the only missed call in the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report helped Cousins and Sacramento.

Trying to preserve a three-point lead, the Kings got a crucial stop due in part to Cousins getting away with a defensive three-second violation with 26.7 seconds left, according to the league:

Cousins (SAC) is in the paint without actively guarding an opponent for longer than three seconds.

A correct call would’ve given any Portland player on the court – likely Lillard, an 87% career free-throw shooter, including 90% this season – a free throw. The Trail Blazers also would’ve kept the ball with a fresh chance to score.

Instead, Cousins’ presence in the paint foiled a Maurice Harkless drive. Portland had to settle for a forced Damian Lillard 3-pointer, which missed. At that point, the Trail Blazers had to begin fouling, and Sacramento pulled away.

NBA: Grizzlies incorrectly robbed of final regulation possession in OT loss to Celtics

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Al Horford missed a potential game-winner buzzer beater against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

No harm for Boston. The Celtics still won in overtime.

But there was wrongdoing on that final possession with the game tied – which should have Memphis aggrieved.

Boston forward Kelly Olynyk got away with an inbound violation on his pass to Horford, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Olynyk (BOS) takes multiple steps and leaves the designated throw-in spot prior to inbounding the ball.

A correct call would’ve turned the ball over to the Grizzlies with 0.9 seconds left.

Would they have scored? Probably not. It’s difficult to score against a set defense with so little time left. But Memphis deserved a chance to try – a lost opportunity that would’ve been especially crucial given the overtime result.

Richard Jefferson tangles with Thon Maker, gets ejected, throws jersey into stands (video)

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Sixteen-year veteran Richard Jefferson tried to teach Bucks rookie Thon Maker a lesson.

Instead, officials came down on the Cavaliers forward – much to his dismay.

NBA: Hawks got away with two shooting fouls on Russell Westbrook on Thunder’s final possession

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How do you stop Russell Westbrook?

The Hawks found a way Monday, forcing the Thunder star into three misses on the final possession in Atlanta’s 110-108 win.

The catch: The Hawks got away with fouling Westbrook on two of those shots, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.

First, Thabo Sefolosha should’ve been called for fouling Westbrook with 7.2 seconds left. NBA:

Sefolosha (ATL) makes contact with Westbrook’s (OKC) body that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt.

Failing a correct call on Sefolosha, officials should’ve whistled Kent Bazemore for fouling Westbrook with 2.6 seconds left. NBA:

Bazemore (ATL) makes contact with Westbrook’s (OKC) arm that affects his jump shot attempt.

That one was on a 3-pointer, though if you’re going to say calls should’ve gone a certain way based on the two-minute report, you should start with the first call in the sequence. Sefolosha should’ve been called for a foul, and Westbrook – an 82% free-throw shooter – should’ve gotten two attempts with 7.2 seconds left. That would’ve wiped out Westbrook’s 3-point attempt and the foul on it.

If Westbrook made both, the Hawks would’ve gotten the ball back with 7.2 seconds left and a chance to win in regulation. An Oklahoma City stop would’ve likely meant overtime.

Instead, Atlanta escaped in regulation thanks to over-the-line, though uncalled defense.