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Did Rudy Gobert foul Paul George on three with game on line?

Oklahoma City Thunder v Utah Jazz - Game Six

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - APRIL 27: Paul George #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder tries for the shot past the defense of Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz in the first half during Game Six of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on April 27, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)

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Somehow it feels appropriate that the Thunder’s season ended after a chaotic series of plays where their highly-paid stars just could not knock down the shot.

But it’s Paul George’s shot where there was contact with Rudy Gobert that has everyone buzzing — it looked like a foul, but the referees kept their whistles silent.

To set the scene, the Thunder were down three and were taking the ball out of bounds with 24 seconds left, and George got the ball with Rudy Gobert switched onto him. George pump faked, Gobert bit and George leaned into him and took the shot expecting a whistle that never came.

That looks like a clear foul, but it’s not how the referees saw it — and they have video angles to back up their point. The argument is that George jumped to his right to draw the contact and it was not a natural shooting motion, therefore no foul.

The Last Two Minute Report will come out Saturday, we’ll see what it says.

Still, to my eyes, that’s a foul. Did George lean into Gobert on that shot? Yes. However, all season long that much of a lean (and far more egregious examples of guys leaping into contact) was called a foul. Not this time. This wasn’t a Kevin Love special where the shooter went three feet to his right to draw a call. Gobert was close. Got to call that, to me.

That call is not why the Thunder lost. They fell because as a team they shot 0-of-7 in the final minute and was 2-of-11 in the final three minutes. George can go look in the mirror, finishing 5 points on 2-of-16 shooting, with more turnovers than points on the night. Carmelo Anthony had just 7 points and was a defensive liability. The Thunder offense was predictable. It was not one call that cost the Thunder the game, it was the previous 47 minutes, they couldn’t pull away in the first half when the Thunder offense was a mess (it missed Ricky Rubio) and it came back to bite them.