In case you weren’t aware, the NBA releases a last two minute report each following day critiquing officials in games decided by fewer than five points.
The Pistons pulled off one of the largest fourth quarter comebacks in team history last night, winning 102-101 over the Toronto Raptors. Marcus Morris sealed the win with a tremendous defensive stop over DeMar DeRozan in the Raptors’ final possession.
The NBA’s last two minute report from the game said it wasn’t such a tremendous defensive stop - rather a foul.
Morris (DET) grabs DeRozan's (TOR) jersey and makes contact to the body that affects his jump shot attempt.
The foul would likely have sent the game into overtime, assuming that DeRozan would have missed the first shot had the foul been called - after all, ball don’t lie.
DeRozan appealed vigorously to the officials after the buzzer sounded. It is clear that Morris did tug DeRozan’s shot with his left hand while coming down with a pump fake. But considering the grab took place before DeRozan even started his shooting motion for the final shot, I don’t really buy the last two minute report verdict. But hey, I’m biased.
For what it’s worth, Stan Van Gundy has criticized the report as throwing officials under the bus and putting an emphasis on just two minutes of the game arbitrarily.
What say you DBB? Foul or nah? Do the last two minute report or nah?