Do you love Last Two Minute Reports?
If so, you’re not LeBron James. Or Kevin Durant. Or Dwyane Wade. Or Steve Kerr.
But you are in luck.
The NBA announced today that the criteria for “Last Two Minutes” officiating reports will expand for the 2017 playoffs, which begin Saturday, April 15.
The NBA will continue to release play-by-play reports of all calls and material non-calls in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period for all games within five points at the two-minute mark of the relevant period.
In an expansion to the criteria for this year’s playoffs, Last Two Minute Reports will also be issued for all games within three points at any stage in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period. The change continues recent efforts to bring additional transparency to the NBA’s officiating program.
I always thought two-minute reports should be for games that are within five at any point in the last two minutes, not just within five at the two-minute mark. So, while this isn’t all the way there, it’s much closer.
It’s always a bummer when a game features a big comeback in the final couple minutes and a controversial call, because we don’t get the public review. That doesn’t happen often, but there’s no reason not to release two-minute reports on those games.
Now, fewer of them will fall into that range.