The Wizards – 2.5 games and two teams out – are hanging on for dear life in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
The officials did Washington no favors in its double-overtime loss to the Timberwolves on Friday.
John Wall should’ve drawn two more fouls in the final minute of regulation, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.
The big one came with 4.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter, when Gorgui Dieng got away with a shooting foul. NBA:
Dieng (MIN) makes contact with Wall’s (WAS) body that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt
A correct call would’ve sent Wall – a 79% free-throw shooter – to the line for two attempts in a tie game. I like Washington’s odds in that situation.
The Wizards should’ve been better positioned at that point, anyway.
Seconds before Washington committed a shot-clock violation, Zach LaVine got away with fouling Wall. NBA on the non-call with 43.7 seconds left:
LaVine (MIN) makes contact with Wall (WAS) that causes him to lose control of the ball
The Timberwolves were in the penalty, so Wall would’ve gotten two free throws – a big swing to the turnover that occurred in reality.
The overtimes featured 12 missed calls. The eight of consequence:
Favoring the Wizards:
- Marcin Gortat got away with an offensive foul before Nene scored.
- Gortat got away with a loose-ball foul while grabbing an offensive rebound that led to a Bradley Beal basket. Washington was not in the penalty.
- Nene got away with an illegal screen that would’ve given the Timberwolves an extra possession in the first overtime – 4.4 seconds with the game tied.
- Nene got away with fouling Andrew Wiggins during a successful Wiggins putback
- Wall got away with fouling Karl-Anthony Towns on a made layup
Favoring the Timberwolves:
- Andrew Wiggins got away with a defensive three-second violation and then used his position in the paint to help force a turnover
- Karl-Anthony Towns got away with an illegal screen before popping and making a jumper.
- Zach LaVine got away with travelling before hitting a 3-pointer.
Weigh those how you will. But if officials had made all the calls in the Last Two Minute Report correctly, it’s hard to see the game reaching overtime in the first place.