Westbrook (OKC) turns toward the referee to request a timeout as he slides his pivot foot. The referee is focused on a possible take foul or timeout and misses the
A former VP of officials put it well.
As always, I want to add this caveat: The Golden State Warriors did not lose because of this call. Or the referees in general. They lost because when Oklahoma City sharpened their defense in the second half — particularly the switches on the pick-and-roll — the Warriors didn’t handle it well. They tried to force one of their patented runs to happen rather than letting it happen in the flow of the game. The result was an ugly second half. That cost them the game.
This call, however, would have given them the opportunity to force overtime. So yes it does matter in this series.
But the report is moot — it changes nothing. The call stands and the Thunder lead 1-0.