Dan Feldman

NBA: Referees correctly didn’t call foul on Reggie Jackson’s final shot


Reggie Jackson was so upset about the no-call on his potential game-winning 3-pointer in Game 4 against the Cavaliers, he said referees should face fines and suspensions for errors.

But after reviewing the play from multiple angles, the league ruled the officials got it right on the floor. Kyrie Irving didn’t foul Jackson.

Last Two Minute Report:

Irving (CLE) maintains legal guarding position and makes no contact with Jackson (DET) as he initially reaches in for the steal. Jackson then initiates contact with Irving as he jumps sideways on his shot attempt.

Irving can be a lockdown defender when he wants, as he showed briefly in last year’s Finals before getting hurt. The Cleveland point guard just locked up Jackson on the final play.

Pouring salt in the wound, the NBA listed just two errors in the Last Two Minute Report – Jackson getting away with fouls.

I’m surprised Jackson hasn’t drawn a fine for his comment, though I believe not penalizing him is the right move. But Jackson loses one potential argument in the court of public opinion: that he was right about the call.

Kemba Walker & Jeremy Lin step up in front of Michael Jordan, lead Hornets over Heat

Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (15) is congratulated by Jeremy Lin (7) after making a basket against the Sacramento Kings in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. The Hornets won 127-122 in overtime. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Jeremy Lin made plays worthy of imitating the Michael Jordan shrug.

Kemba Walker made plays worthy of a big high five and a tight hug from Jordan himself.

The point guards – with Jordan, the Hornets’ owner, watching courtside – lifted Charlotte to an 89-85 win over the Heat on Monday. After dropping the first two games in Miami, the Hornets have won twice in Charlotte to tie the series 2-2.

Has the tide turned for the Hornets? History suggests no. When the home team has won the first four games of a best-of-seven series, the team with home-court advantage – the Heat, in this case – has won 82% of time.

But at least Charlotte, which hadn’t won a playoff game until Saturday since reemerging as the Bobcats in 2004, puts plenty of pressure on Miami for Game 5 Wednesday.

Walker(34 points, three steals) and Lin (21 points on 10 shots, two steals, +17) were magnificent Monday.

Lin changed the game with his quickness, swarming passing lanes and getting the Hornets into early offense after falling behind double digits early. He scored 10 straight Charlotte points in the late third/early fourth quarters – including banking in a 3-pointer then shrugging while looking in Jordan’s general direction. But then the offense stalled, and the Hornets went scoreless for more than four minutes.

Enter Walker.

Walker scored 11 points in fewer than three minutes, every Charlotte point in that span, to give the Hornets a seven-point lead with three minutes left.

“He got a little tired,” Walker said of Lin, whom also drew plenty of compliments from the starter. “Then, it was my turn to go. My teammates kept telling me it’s time to take over.”

But Dwyane Wade – who finished with 12 points, 10 assists and two blocks – made a couple late shots to get Miami within two. So, how did Charlotte hold on?

Courtney Lee offensively rebound his own on the Hornets’ penultimate possessions. Though they didn’t score, that helped run down the clock. Then, Lee was set to grab another offensive rebound on the following possession when he drew a loose-ball foul and made a pair of free throws for the game’s final points.

It was a tight finish after the teams traded major blows early. Hornets went on a 15-1 run in second quarter, and Miami answered with a 17-1 run in third quarter.

After all the major swings back and forth, this has settled into a pretty entertaining series.

Team USA to face Argentina, China, Venezuela and Nigeria in pre-Olympic exhibitions

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (52) guards Indiana Pacers' Paul George during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
AP Photo/John Locher

The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team will face Argentina and three other opponents during a five-game, five-city exhibition tour.

The Americans will also play two games against China before facing Venezuela and Nigeria.

USA Basketball announced the pre-Olympic plans Monday for the two-time defending gold medalists, who will face the champions from last summer’s Asian, American and African qualifying tournaments.

The U.S. will hold training camp on the campus of UNLV before hosting Argentina on July 22 at a Las Vegas site to be determined.

The Americans will then move to California for games against the Chinese on July 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles and July 26 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

That will be followed by a game on July 29 at United Center in Chicago against Venezuela, before the tour wraps up in Houston on Aug. 1 against African champion Nigeria.

Warriors: Stephen Curry out at least two weeks


Stephen Curry wasn’t talking about just the bigger picture of life.

In terms of NBA basketball, he’s going to be alright.

Warriors PR:

This is good news for the Warriors, considering the downside could’ve been a season-ending injury that would’ve dashed their championship chances. But that doesn’t mean Golden State is out of the woods by any means.

The Warriors – who are up 3-1 on the Rockets – would face the Clippers or Trail Blazers in the second round, and their series will end Wednesday, Friday or Sunday. Obviously, Golden State is rooting for that series to go as long as possible.

At full strength, the Warriors would be favored against either potential opponent. But without Curry for the first few games of a series against the Clippers, it gets tricky. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Curry’s other teammates have one goal now: Keep the series close until Curry is ready to return.

And, of course, Curry must get healthy. It’s implied he’ll be ready in about two weeks, but that’s definitely far from a given.


Stephen Curry: ‘All things considered I’m Gonna be alright!’

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry heads off the court and to the locker room at the start of the second half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Houston. Curry was injured at the end of the first half. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
AP Photo/David J. Phillip

As we tensely await Stephen Curry‘s MRI results, the Warriors guard sent a cryptic tweet:

What does that mean???