DeMar DeRozan

NBA admits missed traveling late in Kings' 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

NBA admits missed traveling late in Kings' 105-104 OT loss to Spurs

Again?

For the third time in a month, the NBA admitted the Kings were victims of an incorrect call late in a loss. This time, it came in Sacramento's 105-104 overtime defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday. 

With 1:10 remaining in overtime and the Kings and Spurs tied 102-102, San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan started to drive into the lane. According to the NBA's Last Two Minute Report, which was released Saturday, DeRozen should have been called for a travel when he came to a stop.

Upon further review, it appears DeRozen's feet slide when he lands after a jump-stop. No call was made and 13 seconds later, Patty Mills was fouled on a missed 3-point attempt.

"DeRozan (SAS) gathers the ball and comes to a stop on two feet, and then slides both feet forward prior to releasing the pass," the league wrote.

Mills only made one of three free throws, but in reality, he never should have gotten three free throws. The Kings should have been granted possession with the game tied and 70 seconds left on the clock.

Instead, San Antonio took a one-point lead and went on to win.

On Nov. 26, the NBA announced that refs missed a traveling call on Boston's Marcus Smart, who would hit the game-winning shot.

Just 10 days before that, the NBA admitted that refs missed a foul call on LeBron James late in the Kings' 99-97 loss to the Lakers.

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At a certain point, the NBA needs to hold its refs accountable, right? How many calls do they have to blow before someone is disciplined?

But if the refs are going to continue to miss calls, maybe one or two can go the Kings' way.

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NBA rumors: DeMarcus Cousins has talked with DeMar DeRozan in free agency

NBA rumors: DeMarcus Cousins has talked with DeMar DeRozan in free agency

DeMarcus Cousins is still looking for a new home. 

When the four-time All-Star signed with the Warriors last offseason on the mid-level exception worth slightly over $5.3 million, the center expected to cash in after the season. That doesn't appear to be the case. 

As other stars are moving all over the place and agreeing to max contracts, Cousins is still on the open market. Frustration clearly has caught up to him, too, as the New York Times' Marc Stein reported Wednesday that Cousins has changed agencies.

But as he still remains available, Cousins reportedly has been in contact with star players of other teams. 

"I'm told he's had direct communication with some star players of other teams, one being DeMar DeRozan of the Spurs," The Athletic's Shams Charania said Tuesday. 

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Cousins and DeRozan have been teammates before. The two played with each other on Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2014 FIBA World Cup. They won gold in both events. 

The Spurs as a franchise are familiar with Cousins as well. He's played in the Western Conference his whole career and has averaged 19.2 points and 11.3 rebounds in 22 games against San Antonio. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Warriors coach Steve Kerr and long-time friends and Kerr spoke highly of Cousins in his one year with Golden State.

[RELATED: Jones planning to go in 'attack mode' next season for Dubs]

Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season, one year after rupturing his Achilles as a member of the Pelicans. He doesn't appear to have a spot on the Warriors, though, especially after the team brought back Kevon Looney and agreed to terms with Willie Cauley-Stein on Tuesday. 

This clearly hasn't been the offseason Cousins expected. There's still time, however, and he'll certainly be on a mission next season to prove himself yet again.

Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN ANTONIO - After quality wins over the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, the Warriors are armed with their first winning streak since before the All-Star break. 

Now, on the first night of a strenuous back to back, the champs will look to keep their rhythm against the suddenly red-hot Spurs. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 5 p.m. 

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors vs. Spurs online and on MyTeams app]

Entering Monday, the series is tied 1-1. The Warriors beat the Spurs 141-102 at Oracle Arena in the last matchup between these two teams on Feb. 6. 

The Warriors will have some help Monday, as Kevin Durant will return to the lineup following a two-game absence recovering from a sprained ankle. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

C Andrew Bogut
F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Spurs

C LaMarcus Aldridge
C Jakob Poeltl
G Derrick White
G DeMar DeRozan
G Bryn Forbes

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is out, Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out

Spurs: Dejounte Murray (torn right anterior cruciate ligament) is out. 

[RELATED: Draymond talks KD's free agency, guarantees Warriors will win title]

ROTATION

Warriors: With Cousins out, Golden State's newest addition Andrew Bogut will start in the frontcourt. During Bogut's last tenure with the team, Golden State was routinely among the top defenses in the league. 

Klay Thompson is in the midst of a great shooting stretch, having scored 20 or more points in eight straight games. He will have a chance to match his career high of nine such games Monday night. 

Spurs: One of the hottest teams in the league, the Spurs enter Monday's matchup on an eight-game winning streak. DeRozan has had a fantastic season, averaging 21.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists and is on pace to become the first player in Spurs history to average 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. Aldridge, who played in his seventh All-Star game last month, is averaging 21.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. San Antonio has won 10 straight games at home. 

Officials: Jason Phillips (#23), Tre Maddox (#73), Gediminas Petraitis (#50)