The Miami Heat took a two-games-to-none series lead over the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the NBA playoffs on Wednesday night, but a pair of controversial calls overshadowed the Heat's 116-114 win.
Khris Middleton tied the game at 114 apiece after Goran Dragic was called for a shooting foul on Middleton's 3-point attempt with just shy of five seconds remaining. Jimmy Butler won the game with a pair of free throws after Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for a shooting foul at the buzzer.
ESPN color commentator Doris Burke, seemingly speaking for viewers inside and out of the NBA's bubble on the Walt Disney World Resort campus, was flummoxed by both calls.
Burke didn't speak for everyone, however. Warriors forward Draymond Green thought Marc Davis and his crew "probably" got it right on the floor.
The NBA's Last Two Minute Report on Thursday will have the final say. Neither Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer nor Heat coach Erik Spolestra were any less measured than Green's social-media assessment during their postgame press conferences.
The first call (followed by the Bucks pulling out a win in overtime) could've (briefly) stopped the flame under Budenholzer's seat and the speculation (stemming perhaps most of all from Warriors Twitter) that Antetokounmpo isn't long for Wisconsin. The second will, if it hasn't already, kick both into overdrive.
Depending upon the outcome of this series, the swing from the first call to the second could prove franchise-altering. Regardless of the hypothetical stakes, Green is in the refs' corner.
He really is a changed man with the officials after all.