Marc Gasol hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and the added two more 3s in overtime to give him four for the game – more than he’d ever made in the season.
The Grizzlies’ win over the Wizards provided quite the story for Gasol.
But with correct officiating down the stretch, maybe it wouldn’t have been.
Gasol got away with a defensive three-second violation with 1:13 left in regulation, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:
Gasol (MEM) is in the paint without actively guarding an opponent for longer than three seconds.
Gasol used his positioning to help stifle Washington’s offense. Instead of getting a free throw – which would have been huge in a game that went to overtime – and a chance to reset against a legal defense, the Wizards saw their possession end with Bradley Beal getting blocked by Gasol as the shot clock expired.
We can’t know what would’ve happened with a correct call, but the odds would have favored Washington winning.
The biggest loser in this incorrect non-call? Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who probably wouldn’t have had his glasses elbowed off his face by a fan in an alternate reality where the game never reached overtime.