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Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers will get over the missed goaltending call that allowed LeBron James, then of the Cleveland Cavaliers, to block his go-ahead layup attempt in Game 5 of a first-round playoff series… well, never.
With the series tied, 2-2, Oladipo rose for what would have been a go-ahead bucket with five seconds to play at Quicken Loans Arena. However, as is his want, James chased him down, blocked the shot then nailed a game-winning 3-pointer to give the Cavaliers the win and a 3-2 lead in the series, which they would go on to win in seven.
Postgame, Oladipo told reporters, “it just sucks” no call was made. The next day, the NBA admitted in its Last Two Minute report James’ block should have been called goaltending.
Appearing on ESPN’s Get Up! show, didn’t hide his disappointment, all these weeks later.
“Nah, I’ll never get over that because at the end of the day, if they call that goaltending, who knows what happens?” he said. “I think we win that game, honestly, but it is what it is. I can’t really do anything about it now.
“Next year, I’m gonna just make sure I dunk it.”
With James headed west, Oladipo & Co. won’t have to worry about him in the postseason, unless it comes in a matchup in the Finals.
The All-Star guard said he was “upset” with James’ move because he enjoys competing against “the best player in the world,” then thought about how James’ decision affects the entire Eastern Conference.
And he liked it.
Oladipo said he texted his Pacers teammates with this message:
“It’s wide open now. How we gonna act?”