In case Dwyane Wade wasn’t clear about how he felt about the NBA releasing the Last Two Minute Reports the day after close games, the Bulls’ guard was definitive in his disdain for the revisionist thinking that can only frustrate a team.
“I hate them. I hate the two-minute reports. I’ll go on record saying it again,” Wade said following practice Monday at the Advocate Center. “It's bad for our game to come back with those two-minute reports.”
The Bulls went 4-2 on the circus trip but the two losses, in Los Angeles and Denver, produced late calls that arguably had huge consequences on the games that could have shifted things in the Bulls’ favor.
Against the Clippers, the league ruled Clippers star Blake Griffin traveled upon catching a late pass with the Bulls down two and needing a stop.
Jimmy Butler bodied Griffin too much on a desperation shot and was called for a foul, sending off a series of events that led to coach Fred Hoiberg being ejected after one technical foul and essentially ending the Bulls’ chances at upsetting a top team on the road.
Against Denver, the league ruled Butler was fouled on a drive that could have given the Bulls a lead in the final minute, and that Butler took a charge against Will Barton on the ensuing possession.
Neither was called in favor of the Bulls in the crucial moments.
Count Wade among those who don’t take much solace in the NBA’s attempt at transparency, considering it doesn’t change the outcome of anything. Plays can’t be turned back and re-started, so it appears more frustrating than gratifying.
“They come back and show the imperfectness of our game in two minutes,” Wade said. “But it's imperfect the whole game. Let's not break down the last two minutes, as players get called out and fined for saying stuff to the refs but the NBA is calling our refs out for making the wrong play or right play. Let's just leave it alone.”
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Believing all calls matter, Wade doesn’t see the point in just isolating the final two minutes—a pill easier to swallow considering the Bulls are 10-6 as opposed to 6-10, and generally feeling good about the state of the team to date.
“It's in the game. It's the call that's been made on the floor, we're mad at it then,” he said. “Let's move on. I hate the two-minute report that comes back and says, ‘We should've called this’. We lost. It's not making none of us feel better by saying ‘See, I told you.’ We lost the game. I hate them. I've said that multiple times.”
Hoiberg said every coach looks at the two-minute report, but he doesn’t spend much time dwelling on it. He prefers to focus on the Bulls rebounding from tough situations and not letting it linger.
“That’s what good teams do. It’s hard to put an emotional loss behind you,” Hoiberg said. “Two of the toughest things to do is that and a big emotional win and re-focusing on your next opponent. Our guys did a really good job of that.”
If Wade were in commissioner Adam Silver’s seat, though, one of the first orders of business would be to do away with the transparency the report provides.
“Because it's the whole game, not two minutes,” Wade said. “There's things that affects the game from the beginning that comes back in the final two minutes, which is unfortunate, but everyone's human. And some thing you might have said earlier, and it may come back in the two minute report. So what? It affected you and you lost.”