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League makes ruling on controversial play involving Kyle Korver


League makes ruling on controversial play involving Kyle Korver

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."

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Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

The Wizards are holding their highest-profile pre-draft workout yet on Monday, hosting UNC teammates and projected lottery picks Coby White and Nassir Little. 

White earned All-ACC and All-Freshman honors during his lone season in Chapel Hill, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Little's season with the Tar Heels did not go as smoothly as White's, but he is an NBA-ready athlete with tons of upside. 

Both White and Little could be options for the Wizards at No. 9 and would provide solutions to some of Washington's major needs. White would give the Wizards a primary play-maker while John Wall recovers from his Achilles injury, while Little would fill Washington's hole at small forward and bring some much-needed defense and rebounding to the team.

Before White and Little, the Wizards had brought in very few projected lottery picks during their pre-draft process, outside of Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson and French prospect Sekou Doumbouya. But with the 2019 NBA Draft looming on Thursday, the Wizards are ramping up their search for the player they'll pick at No. 9. 


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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again.