NBA players are as confused as you on why Seahawks would pass with game on line


It was a strange call. A bad call.

If you were a Seattle Seahawk fan (or just were invested in them) you yelled it at the television in your living room or at your friends in the bar — Seattle had arguably the best short yardage back in the NFL waiting for a handoff to try to win them the Super Bowl and beat the Patriots, why throw a slant pass into a crowded line of scrimmage?

You weren’t alone — NBA players were tweeting out their confusion and frustration as well. Starting with Seattle native Jamal Crawford, who expressed the pain of a city.

Even guys who grew up watching soccer were even confused.

But not every NBA player was sad.

Brian Shaw upset with officiating after not getting a call late in loss to Clippers


With nine seconds left and the Nuggets down three against the Clippers on Monday, Denver was undoubtedly going to inbound the ball and look for an attempt at a three-point shot.

Coming out of a timeout, Doc Rivers didn’t want to take the chance that the Nuggets would tie the game, and the Clippers had a foul to give. He instructed his players to foul instead of allowing the three-point shot, and that’s what happened — Matt Barnes mugged Danilo Gallinari on the perimeter as soon as he could, and though Barnes seemed to initiate contact a split-second before a shot could be attempted, Gallinari forced one up anyway, in hopes of earning three free throws.

The referees, likely alerted by the Clippers that they would be fouling, didn’t see it that way. It was ruled that the foul occurred before the shot, and Denver was awarded the ball out of bounds.

Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw believed the refs got it wrong, and used this play as a jumping-off point to discuss how his team frequently hasn’t gotten the calls to go their way in these types of situations.

From Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post:

I don’t know why we don’t get awarded three free throws on that shot,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “He planted his feet, went up to shoot the ball in a shooting motion – that’s what the rules say – and they give them the ball out of bounds. We don’t get a chance to go to the free throw line and get three free throws.”

Asked about his level of frustration with the non-call, Gallinari simply grinned and said, “I’ll let the people watch the replay and make their own judgment.”

Shaw, however, steamed.

“It’s frustrating when night-in and night-out all of those kind of calls go against us,” he said. “And the explanation of i changes all the time, when we get an explanation. Or they admit that they made a mistake after the fact when it’s already cost us a game.”

Blaming the referees for your team’s struggles seems silly, especially coming from the head coach.

While it may have been close on this particular play, Denver had its chances; the team led this game by as many as 16 points. Jamal Crawford scoring 21 points in the fourth had far more to do with the Nuggets losing than the officials did, but Shaw obviously believes a pattern is emerging where his team and the officiating is concerned.

Jamal Crawford scores 21 points in fourth quarter to help Clippers beat Nuggets (VIDEO)


The Clippers trailed by as many as 16 points at home to the Nuggets on Monday, but thanks to Jamal Crawford’s huge fourth quarter, they were able to overcome the slow start and come away with the victory.

Crawford scored 21 points in the fourth quarter alone — as many as the entire Nuggets team — and did so on just eight shots. But the assist (at the 1:10 mark) with the game tied and under 1:30 to play might have been the most impressive play of all.


DeAndre Jordan threw a block party and the Nuggets were invited (VIDEO)

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The Denver Nuggets stumbled into a block party they didn’t even know was going on.

Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan was the one throwing it — at one point just before halftime he rejected three consecutive Nuggets shots then capped it off on the other end by throwing down the reverse alley-oop for a couple of points of his own.

Los Angeles ended up needing all of that. They went on to win 102-98 — thanks in part to a 21-point fourth quarter by Jamal Crawford — but that run at the end of the second half that put the Clippers up at the break ended up mattering.

Three Things We Learned from NBA Monday: Is it time to mention Anthony Davis with LeBron and Durant?


If you watch closely every night in the NBA you can learn a little something. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to help with those lessons from another night in the Association. Here’s what you missed while realizing you’re not nearly as lucky as this guy (and not as rich)….

Anthony Davis needs to be mentioned in the same breath with Durant and LeBron. There should be no more debate about who is the best third player on the planet anymore — it is Anthony Davis. And he’s closing in fast on the top two. A few months ago I would have argued for Chris Paul at No. 3, you could have made the case for a handful of other guys and been on solid footing. No more. It is Davis. Monday night he put up a line of 32 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks in 31 minutes — and the thing is that’s not even a ridiculous line anymore. He can do that any night. At age 21. In his third NBA season. What he lacks is success in the postseason, but that will come. Oh, and by the way he lifted the Pelicans to a win Monday and they are now just 1.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the West.

Jamal Crawford got hot and carried the Clippers to a win. That was “I should be Sixth Man of the Year again” Crawford. Denver played an active, fiesty game — well, actually pretty much only in the first and third quarters, which they dominated — but in the fourth quarter it became the Jamal Crawford show. He scored 21 points in the fourth, which tied how many the Nuggets had total. He was 3-of-5 from three but he also was attacking the paint and drawing fouls (he got to the line nine times in the final frame). He was a force. Plus he made the play of the game — it was tied 94-94 with about 90 seconds left in the game, Chris Paul made a steal but his attempt at a touchdown pass ahead to Crawford on the run out was too long. Crawford caught up, saved it behind his back to Matt Barnes, who hit the layup to give the Clippers a lead they would never surrender.

Marc Gasol could have played in La Liga. Well, maybe not. Although can you imagine trying to defend him on a set piece? Nonetheless, this was pretty cool (yes, it happened after the whistle blew, so what?).