Entry Passes 02.08.12

I’m not a parent but I know enough about parenting that if a kid messes something up that wasn’t his or hers to mess up, then he or she has to apologize and clean up the mess (as long as it’s feasible).  The NBA isn’t my kid (though the financial implications would be nice), but I think the Association is getting away light with its ruling on the end of the Oklahoma City Thunder-Portland Trail Blazers game on Monday.

Here’s the situation, with seconds remaining in a remarkably intense game (no winter doldrums here, this game was played like game 5 of a playoff series that is knotted at two games apiece), Portland led 103-101.  On OKC’s likely final possession, Kevin Durant drove to the hoop with LaMarcus Aldridge in close pursuit.  Aldridge blocked Durant’s shot from behind, the force of the block sent the ball ricocheting off the backboard, off of a couple of players and out of bounds.  The trail official called Aldridge for goaltending on the notion that the ball hit backboard before Aldridge touched it.  The call, which isn’t reviewable via instant replay, resulted in a tie game, which the Thunder won in overtime.

Today the NBA fesssed up and said it was a wrong call.  Why stop there? In this compressed season and in the compressed Western Conference playoff bracket, a win can make a world of difference in seedings and matchups.  Oklahoma City returns to Portland on March 27.  Void the goaltending call and everything that came after and resume the game with seconds to go with the right call made.    As it stands, the NBA has simply apologized for the mess.  They need to clean it up too.


Are the Clippers cursed?  No, but this article says it better.


Oh and a tagline,i.e. who the hell am I.  Martin Johnson wrote a weekly NBA column for the New York Sun from 2003-’08, and for http://www.theroot.com from 2008-’10.  His sportswriting has also appeared in the NY Times, Wall St. Journal and the Atlantic Monthly.  




About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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3 Responses to Entry Passes 02.08.12

  1. Sean Breslin says:

    I’m shocked that the NBA couldn’t review that call. They can review almost everything in the game these days!

  2. frightwig says:

    They should have been able to review that call, particularly since the clock stopped as soon as the ref whistled for goaltending, anyway.

  3. jmartin437 says:

    None of the articles explain *why* the call isn’t reviewable, but all the articles I’ve seen like this one, http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlesports/2012/02/08/nba-admits-to-bad-call-in-trail-blazers-loss-to-thunder/ say that the call isn’t reviewable.
    You’d think goaltending would be one of the first calls added to video review because it’s almost impossible to judge in real time unless you have a perfect angle and sometimes not even then.

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