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Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and members of the organization itself, have been anything but pleased with the officiating in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
The official Twitter account of the NBA referees posted a message Monday afternoon stating what anyone who watched Game 2 already knew — the referees missed LeBron James of the Cavaliers being undercut and taken down by Steph Curry of the Warriors… and no call was made, other than out of bounds for the Warriors.
Here’s the play:
LeBron was looking for a foul call here. pic.twitter.com/LN3wagWqH7
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 4, 2018
The first sentence of the post by the NBA referees’ account no doubt received a mammoth, “DUH!!!!” from basketball fans across the world:
“We missed this one.”
We missed this one – it should have been a foul. The defensive player undercuts the offensive player, knocking him off balance. Unfortunately in this case the referee had a closed look at the point of contact. https://t.co/uiSqBvPvKV
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) June 4, 2018
“Closed look?” More like, “no look”… for the three guys with whistles.
Mistakes made at crunch time in Game 1 the cost the Cavaliers dearly, acknowledged by the NBA in its Last Two Minute Report.
Missed calls such as the one above in Game 2, also against the Cavaliers.
What’s in store for Game 3? Know what? Scratch that… we don’t want to know.