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