NBA will hear Kings’ protest of loss to Grizzlies on Courtney Lee buzzer-beater

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The Kings beat the Grizzlies, 111-110, last Thursday.

For now.

Memphis guard Courtney Lee made a layup on a play that began with 0.3 seconds remaining, but Sacramento center Ryan Hollins might have tipped the inbound pass, which would have started the clock and led to the game expiring before Lee’s attempt.

Also at issue, even if Hollins didn’t touch the ball, Lee might have held the ball for longer than 0.3 seconds.

So, the Kings want the NBA to take a second look.

NBA release:

The National Basketball Association announced today that the Sacramento Kings have protested the team’s 111-110 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on November 13 at FedExForum.  The basis for the Kings’ protest is that Courtney Lee’s game-winning shot should have been disqualified as having been made after time expired.  Under the protest procedures in the NBA Constitution, Memphis and Sacramento each will have an opportunity to submit evidence in support of its position and the protest will be decided by December 2.

I’m not sure why it could take so long to get a verdict. The Kings had to submit their protest within 48 hours of the game, and the NBA constitution states:

Upon receipt of a protest, the Commissioner shall at once notify the Member operating the opposing Team in the game protested and require both of said Members within five (5) days to file with him such evidence as he may desire bearing upon the issue. The Commissioner shall decide the question raised within five (5) days after receipt of such evidence.

It seems the league is giving itself an extra week, but if the Kings get the win (and the their $10,000 protest fee – kept by the league if the current ruling is upheld – returned), I don’t think they’ll mind the wait.

But Sacramento could have a tough time here. The play was reviewed and upheld. Unless the NBA finds something went amiss in the review process, rather than just the review result, it’s tough to see the Kings winning their protest.