James Harden nailed the game winner in Game 3 to get the Houston Rockets back in their series versus the Warriors. But, the NBA officials follow-up report which covers the final 2 minutes of games stated it was an offensive foul.
This officials report is new in the modern era and it’s ushered in a new way of looking at games, or rather it made the officials more accountable (at least in the final 2 minutes of 48. That said, they don’t put asterisks beside games or change the final scores despite this new report. Hopefully what it will do is lead to changes in the near future. Specifically in terms of coaches being allotted a coaches challenge in the final 2 minutes of games.
It’s preposterous this change has yet to implemented in the National Basketball Association given all the other major league sports have instituted a semblance of it. The NBA has always been on the cutting edge when it comes to being leaders and it boggles the mind they remain the lone major league who continues to ignore this important adjustment to their product.
Harden’s winning shot was reminiscent of one from 1998 in which Michael Jordan pushed off Byron Russell to score the game winning shot that won the Bulls their sixth and final championship of the MJ era.
As Reggie Miller calls the offensive foul in the replay you can see how close the two plays resemble each other:
Whether you are in the camp that believes the NBA has the worst officiating in all major league sports or not, the fact remains coaches challenges should be implemented immediately from my perspective. Let’s see if it becomes a talking point this summer as part of the Board of Governors sessions.
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