But here’s one: A key missed shooting foul down the stretch.
Ingram (LAL) makes contact with Butler (CHI) that affects his drive to the basket and shot attempt.
A correct call would’ve sent Butler – who’s making 89% of his free throws this season and 82% in his career – to the line for two attempts.
Instead, the Lakers grabbed the defensive rebound and pushed their lead to three, leaving Butler to miss a forced a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left. The absence of those Butler free throws made the Bulls easier to defend, because at that point, the Lakers knew Chicago needed a 3.
Following Butler’s miss from beyond the arc, the Bulls committed a couple intentional fouls and the Lakers expanded their lead in a 96-90 win.
At least Chicago can’t claim the refs were out to get the Bulls. Robin Lopez got away with an illegal screen on the inbound that preceded Butler’s 3. But, again, Chicago was stuck in a desperate situation due in part to the previous missed call.