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Tim Frazier simultaneously saves ball over backboard, throws alley-oop (video)


Tim Frazier made an excellent play just to save this ball.

Noah Vonleh made it special by turning it into an incredible alley-oop.

NBA: Magic went ahead of Nets after getting away with foul

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Jimmy Butler getting away with fouling Paul George was the biggest missed call Wednesday, but it wasn’t the only important one.

The Magic also used a key missed call to beat the Nets.

Victor Oladipo should’ve been called for fouling Jarrett Jack with 1:08 left, according to the Last Two Minute Report:

Oladipo (ORL) hooks Jack (BKN) affecting his FOM

FOM means freedom of movement.

The Magic were in the penalty. So, a correct call would’ve given Jack, who’s shooting 89% from the line this season, two free throws.

Instead, Orlando forward Aaron Gordon forced a jump ball and won it. Tobias Harris made the go-ahead layup on the other end, and Jack missed his attempt to re-take the lead. The Magic then added six free throws after intentional fouls and won 100-93.

Like so many of these plays, we don’t know how the game would’ve played out if the call had been made correctly, and the final score doesn’t also accurately reflect how close the game was. So, there’s no certainty.

But the Nets probably would’ve won if that call were made correctly.

NBA: Jimmy Butler should’ve been called for foul on decisive defensive play against Paul George

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Jimmy Butler converted the go-ahead lob over Paul George in Wednesday’s Bulls-Pacers game, though that didn’t end it. Butler successfully defended George’s own attempted lob finish to preserve Chicago’s 102-100 overtime win.

But Butler should’ve been called for a shooting foul, according to the Last Two Minute Report:

Butler (CHI) makes contact with George’s (IND) arm during his shot attempt.

That would’ve sent George, an 83% free-throw shooter, to the line for two free throws to tie. If that represents his odds at that moment, he would’ve had a 69% chance of making both.

Report: Kings still trying to trade Caron Butler, but Bucks less likely taker

PHOENIX, AZ - NOVEMBER 04:  Caron Butler #31 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on November 4, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Kings reportedly promised they’d trade Caron Butler, the Bucks the supposed likely destination.

Half that plan has changed.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Trading for Butler made little sense for Milwaukee. It makes even less sense now. The Bucks are 12-21, and with Jason Kidd out, they could punt on the season. At minimum, they shouldn’t trade future assets for over-the-hill veterans. Plus, Kidd – Butler’s former Mavericks teammate – was likely the one pushing for Butler. If Kidd isn’t around to coach him, who wants Butler?

That question extends beyond Milwaukee.

Butler is a quality veteran to have in the locker room, but he’s 35 and has declined majorly. Some teams might give him more than the 86 minutes he’s gotten in Sacramento, but I don’t know where he’d definitely crack the rotation.

Plus, Butler has a player option for next season. I’m not sure many teams will value his leadership enough to take that cap hit next season – even at the minimum salary against a skyrocketed salary cap.