The NBA has ruled on the controversial no-call with 3.2 seconds left in Game 4 between the Wizards and Atlanta Hawks on Monday, and it’s a correct no-call on Kyle Korver as he fell to the floor on the inbounds pass from Paul Millsap.
The reason, according to the NBA: "Korver slides when receiving the inbound pass. Players that fall to the floor while holding the ball (or stopping) may not gain an advantage by sliding. No call is correct as no advantage is gained."
The league, in an effort to improve the integrity of the game, releases their internal review of officiating in the last two minutes of games that are within five points or less, and for all of overtimes.
In this one, the game officials Ken Mauer, John Goble and Ed Malloy got it had it right even though there was postgame chatter about whether or not a call was missed.
Bradley Beal believed that Korver, who was quickly trapped by Ramon Sessions and Otto Porter before passing it back to Millsap, traveled. Millsap went to the foul line and made both shots for a two-possession game that sealed the 106-101 win at Verizon Center to even the series at 2.
"Yeah, but they didn't call it,” Beal said. “Oh well.”
Paul Pierce passed at the opportunity to criticize the non-call postgame.
“I’m not going to dwell on little calls at the end there or shots that missed,” said Pierce, who misfired on a three-pointer in the waning seconds that could’ve tied the score at 104. “It’s a 48-minute game. It’s things that we didn’t do early in the game to put ourselves in better position to win.”
Only one play was botched and it came in the form of a no-call that occurred with 1:23 left when Korver set an illegal screen on Nene. It should've been an offensive foul to award the Wizards the ball. Korver, though he ended up knocked down, stepped into Nene's path as he was chasing Horford.
Said the league: "Korver sets a screen without giving Nene the opportunity to stop and/or change direction."