NBA: Hassan Whiteside should’ve fouled out on play with DeMarcus Cousins (not that one)

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DeMarcus Cousins fouled out of the Kings’ loss to the Heat on Tuesday, exiting the game on a controversial call – offensively fouling Hassan Whiteside with 30.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

After review, the NBA ruled that call correct.

Last Two Minute Report:

Cousins (SAC) initiates contact to Whiteside’s (MIA) arm and holds it through his drive to the basket, affecting Whiteside’s ability to defend. Even though Whiteside makes contact to Cousins’ hip during the drive, the offensive foul is correctly called.

Video of that play:

HOWEVER, Whiteside would have never been in position to draw that foul if officials had made a correct call earlier in crunch time. Whiteside should’ve fouled out while jostling with Cousins for a rebound with 1:50 left in the fourth. Last Two Minute Report:

Whiteside (MIA) clamps the arm of Cousins (SAC) and affects his ability to retrieve the rebound.

Video of that play:

The Heat were in the penalty, so instead of playing out an offensive possession – which ended with Cousins missing and Miami securing a defensive rebound – Cousins would’ve gone to the free-throw line for two attempts.

In reality, the Heat used that stop to reach overtime. A should’ve-fouled-out Whiteside made his only shot, grabbed three rebounds and blocked a shot in the extra period. With Cousins sidelined, Miami outscored Sacramento 17-5 in overtime for a 108-96 win.