Portland robbed of game-tying Damian Lillard lay-up because referees miss goaltend (VIDEO)

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I’m not sure how the referees missed this call live.

I am not a fan of the rule that a play cannot be reviewed because there was no call to review (why can’t a no-call be reviewed and reversed?).

I’m not sure why there isn’t a system in place so the replay referees in Secaucus, New Jersey, can buzz the officials on the court in case of an obvious blown call.

None of that happened Friday night and it cost Portland the chance to tie the game — at the very least — in the final seconds against Utah. Portland was down two with 16 seconds left when Damian Lillard drove the lane got to the rim, laid the ball off the backboard — then Rudy Gobert blocked it. It was a clear goaltend (even in real time).

That’s not just a goaltend, that’s an and-1. But there was no call and Utah went on to hit their free throws and win the game, 117-114.

Portland players were understandably hot after the game.

The referees said that the play was not reviewable because no call was made (there is nothing to review). They also owned up to missing the call once they saw the replay.

Lillard was having none of it.

None of that helps Portland, a team trying to chase down Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West, and a team that just lost a game it might have won.