The Hornets snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with a 98-92 win over the Grizzlies – and a little help from the officials.
Memphis trailed Charlotte by one point with 1:45 left when Marc Gasol posted up Cody Zeller. Gasol missed, but the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report says Zeller should’ve been called for a shooting foul with 1:43 remaining:
Zeller (CHA) makes contact with Gasol’s (MEM) arm that affects his layup attempt. LHH shows contact to the arm prior to any contact with the ball
Obviously, we don’t know how the game would’ve played out had this been called correctly. But it was still a one-possession game when the Grizzlies began intentionally fouling – a tactic that gave the Hornets an easy six points.
Don’t look at the six-point margin and assume this call meant nothing. It was far more significant than that.