NBA players rely on officials to keep the flow of the game perhaps more than we realize. On Saturday night, that was apparent after a minor fiasco involving a free-throw attempt.
As the Charlotte Hornets took on the Milwaukee Bucks, Cody Zeller went to the line for a free throw. After his first made charity shot, the Bucks called a timeout.
When the teams returned, officials mistakenly told players there were two free throws left. Zeller missed the next attempt — his second — and this is what happened.
The ability of a team to call a timeout in between free throws has always been weird to me. That a team who doesn’t have the ball can call timeout during a player’s free throws makes zero sense.
At least Zeller had the wherewithal to understand it was a live ball.
Milwaukee beat Charlotte, 131-114.