Damian Lillard denied game-tying basket because of brutal officiating

first_imgThat’s all folks pic.twitter.com/R0pGTUPwt3— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) February 8, 2020Lillard’s backcourt mate, CJ McCollum, offered this perspective:Mood 👀 pic.twitter.com/iQ6yJa942g— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) February 8, 2020Other NBA people were incredulous over the officials’ failure:how you miss that call?🤷🏼‍♂️— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) February 8, 2020That’s ass— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) February 8, 2020That was supposed to be a damn and 1 for Dame!!!! The refs blew that shit. That’s weak AF.— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 8, 2020This article has been updated. Damian Lillard finished with 42 points Friday night. He should have had at least 44, but a missed goaltending call by the officials in the fourth quarter kept that from happening.Worse for Lillard and his Trail Blazers teammates, the no-call kept them from tying the Jazz in the final seconds of regulation. Utah held on to win 117-114. Lillard attempted a layup around Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who blocked the shot after it came off the backboard. That should have been called goaltending, but the crew didn’t see it, and it couldn’t review the play. (A review can only be triggered when goaltending is called on the floor.)Here’s what happened when Dame went to tie the game vs. the Jazz… pic.twitter.com/bBh83h0H0Y— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 8, 2020NBA ALL-STARS: Lillard on Team LeBronLillard was, naturally, furious after the game.Damian Lillard was furious after the no-call toward the end of the Blazers’ loss. pic.twitter.com/KHrr6AZhgd— ESPN (@espn) February 8, 2020″It’s an easy call. Three referees out there and they don’t call it,” he told reporters.”They cost us a game,” a steamed Lillard added. “We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game, on an easy call.” The loss dropped the Blazers (24-29) to 2 1/2 games behind the Grizzlies for the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference playoffs.”We’re in a playoff race and they cost us a game, on an easy call.”@Dame_Lillard on the missed goaltending call pic.twitter.com/pMdZAa5lEz— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) February 8, 2020Portland coach Terry Stotts called the no-call “inexcusable.”Blazers head coach Terry Stotts: “Just a shame that it was decided by an inexcusable missed call… they could have called a goaltending and reviewed it, but they swallowed their whistles.” pic.twitter.com/iYsHUEYvwT— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) February 8, 2020Blazers players told reporters that officials told them on the court Gobert’s block “wasn’t even close” to being a goaltend, but crew chief Josh Tiven changed that tune after reviewing video.NBA Referee Josh Tiven comments to a pool reporter after Trail Blazers-Jazz game: pic.twitter.com/Mp3XoB4sts— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) February 8, 2020Brian Forte and JB DeRosa were the officials working with Tiven.Portland center Jusuf Nurkic summed up the situation this way:last_img read more