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The NBA issued the Last Two Minute Report from the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Rockets on Sunday.
The most scrutinized play came with 10 seconds left when James Harden hoisted a potential game-tying three-pointer over Draymond Green's outstretched arms. The Rockets star made contact with Green's legs on his follow-through and complained about not getting a whistle.
The Last Two Minute Report ruled that this was a correct no-call:
Harden (HOU) draws Green (GSW) into the air during his shot attempt. Green jumps in front of Harden and would have missed him if Harden hadn't extended his legs.
However, Houston has the right to be upset because three other "incorrect non-calls" favored the Dubs.
1) "RAR shows that Curry (GSW) is moving laterally into Harden's (HOU) path and that the contact causes Harden to go out of bounds."
According to the Last Two Minute Report, this should have been a foul on Steph Curry pic.twitter.com/I8ALwy61Hd— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 29, 2019
Interestingly enough, Harden didn't complain about a no-call in this instance. Had this infraction been called correctly, Curry would have fouled out of the game.
Curry, of course, went on to the dagger 3-pointer a few possessions later.
2) "Thompson (GSW) slides his pivot foot at the end of his dribble."
According to the Last Two Minute Report, this was a travel on Klay Thompson pic.twitter.com/JgVejPDDjk— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 29, 2019
Klay missed the shot so it didn't cost Houston on the scoreboard.
3) "LAR shows Curry (GSW) makes contact with Gordon's (HOU) arm, affecting his ability to secure the ball."
According to the Last Two Minute Report:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 29, 2019
1) Chris Paul didn’t foul Kevin Durant
2) Draymond Green didn’t foul James Harden
3) Steph Curry fouled Eric Gordon pic.twitter.com/xPT5r62vHS
If Curry had been called for a foul, Eric Gordon would have shot two free throws because the Rockets were in the bonus. With less than five seconds left and trailing by 3, Gordon likely would have tried to make the first free throw and then miss the second one in hopes of securing the offensive rebound to give Houston a chance to tie the game.
After the game, Houston head coach Mike D'Antoni said his team should have shot about 20 additional free throws.
This report will certainly add fuel to the fire.