Get ready for the phrase "hot stove contact" to be used pervasively on the Internet during the 2019 NBA playoffs.
Confused? Don't worry, we have a video explanation, and Warriors fans aren't going to like it.
Following the Dubs' 131-130 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and coach Steve Kerr blasted the officials, who appeared to miss numerous calls down the stretch. Curry and Durant even took their complaints to the social media realm after the game, trolling officials Marat Kogut and Leon Wood.
While there were a number of questionable calls during the game, one non-call, in particular, caught fans’ attention.
With under a minute to play in overtime, Curry sprinted down the court and launched a pull-up 3-pointer from the top of the key. As Curry released the ball, T'Wolves guard Josh Okogie reached out and slapped Curry's ankle from behind.
Here's one look:
Steph doing everything he can to keep the Dubs in the game pic.twitter.com/GQYNcyJWwJ— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 30, 2019
And a second.
This angle of Josh Okogie slapping Steph’s ankle is absolutely appalling. pic.twitter.com/rbdSW4azHY— TheWarriorsTalk (@TheWarriorsTalk) March 30, 2019
So, where does the term "hot stove contact" come into play?
Well, the NBA released its Last Two-Minute Report on Saturday, and here's the explanation for why Okogie shouldn't have been called for a foul. We repeat, should not have been called for a foul.
"Okogie makes marginal "hot stove" contact with Curry's leg after the release of his jump shot attempt and does not affect his ability to land safely."
Maybe Okogie didn't intentionally grab Curry's ankle, maybe he did. Only he knows his true intention. But it sure looked like he tried to initially kick Curry's ankle but missed, and slapped his ankle instead.
Either way, the NBA should have just admitted the refs missed the call and moved on. Throwing in the term "hot stove contact” as an excuse for why the officials didn't protect one of the league's marquee stars is embarrassing.
And you don't need to take our word for it. The proof is in the video.