With the Warriors trailing the Cavaliers by one in the final seconds of their Christmas thriller, Richard Jefferson tripped Kevin Durant to nearly (but not quite) ice the game. The NBA acknowledged Jefferson should have been called for a foul, but we’re left to wonder what would’ve happened.
Durant isn’t curious. He knows.
Durant, via Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:
“I would’ve made that shot if he didn’t trip me up,” Durant told The Undefeated. “But they ain’t calling it on him at their crib. It’s not his fault. It’s not the refs fault, either.”
Of course Durant thinks that. The only surprise is him saying so publicly. That’s a pretty big repudiation of Cleveland’s win.
I’m not quite as certain. It’s difficult for even elite scorers like Durant when there’s so little time left and the defense knows your deadline to shoot.
But I do believe Durant would have made both free throws if Jefferson’s foul had been called.