Report: Rockets drop protest of loss to Clippers


The Rockets protested their loss to the Clippers last month, because what should have been Jawun Evans‘ sixth and disqualifying foul was assigned to Lou Williams. Evans stayed in the game and drew a couple key charges on James Harden.

But the NBA apparently won’t rule whether the final 3:10 of that game should be replayed.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

The Rockets have withdrawn their protest of the Dec. 22 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, an individual with knowledge of the decision said

The Rockets paid $10,000 to file that protest. By rule, the money is returned only if the challenge is successful. I’m not sure why they dropped their appeal now.

It was unlikely to be upheld, anyway. The only chance was seemingly if a scorekeeping error gave Williams the foul, and it seems more likely the referees on the court just whistled the wrong player.