NBA: Trail Blazers took too long on key inbound in win over Wizards

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After the Wizards’ overtime loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Washington coach Randy Wittman griped about Gerald Henderson’s late inbound.

Wittman, via Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

“Six point seven seconds,” Wittman said. “Our guys timed it three times and that was the low of the three times timed. 6.7. What are you going to do when they don’t want to call a five-second call? Can’t do anything about it. But it was 6.7.”

The NBA ruled Wittman’s complaint was founded.

Henderson – trying to inbound with Portland down two and 15.8 seconds remaining – called timeout to avoid a five-second violation. After re-grouping, the Trail Blazers inbounded the ball, and C.J. McCollum made a jumper to force overtime.

According to the Last Two Minute Report, Henderson should not have been granted a timeout. He should have been called for a five-second violation.

That would’ve given the Wizards the ball and the lead with the shot clock off. It’s not certain they would’ve won, but they would’ve been in great shape. Portland would’ve had to intentionally foul.

The report also featured two other incorrect non-calls, which complicate Washington’s case.

The league ruled Mason Plumlee should have been called for fouling Markieff Morris with 28.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter:

Plumlee (POR) jumps from point A to point B and makes body to body contact with Morris

That would have sent Morris to the line, because Portland would have been in the penalty. But Washington capitalized on retaining possession with a John Wall 3-pointer.

Would Henderson have faced the same inbounding pressure after two Morris free throws rather than a Wall 3-pointer that put the Trail Blazers down two?

With 1:30 left in overtime, Wall should have been called for committing a shooting foul on Damian Lillard. NBA:

Wall (WAS) walks under the airborne shooter Lillard (POR) and makes contact with him on his jump shot attempt.

The Trail Blazers overcame that missed call to win 116-109, anyway.

But make the five-second call on Henderson’s inbound, and it’s difficult to believe the game would’ve even reached overtime.

Then again, would Henderson have been in that position if Morris’ free throws prevented Wall from putting the Wizards up two with a 3-pointer?