Earlier today, I wrote about the piss poor officiating the Raptors have run into through the first 12 games of the season, and while I made it clear that the refs shouldn’t be blamed for the team’s disappointing 3-9 record, it’s also obvious that the officiating has at least contributed to a couple of the tough breaks the Raptors have had.
Nowhere was this more evident than on Wednesday night in Charlotte, where both Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani appeared to fouled in the dying seconds with the Raptors down one. Bargnani, especially, had his shooting hand hit as he released the potential game-winning shot.
In case you thought it was just Raptors fans and “homers” finding something to complain about, the “NBA Official” twitter account tweeted this on Thursday evening:
NBA Officials miss foul call at end of Tor-Cha game last night; video and explanation at NBA.com/official.
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) November 23, 2012
The link takes you to nba.com, where you’ll find the following statement with a link to the play in question:
“On the final possession of Charlotte’s 98-97 win over Toronto on Nov. 21, the game officials missed a foul by Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist against Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani on a jump shot. Bargnani should have been given two free throws and the clock stopped with approximately 2.4 seconds remaining in the game.”
In other words, Bargnani, who had 25 points on the night, was 5/5 from the free throw line and is an over 80 per cent career free throw shooter, should have had two free throw attempts to give the Raptors the lead, or at least to tie the game, with just 2.4 seconds left.
No worries, NBA, it’s not like the missed call, which by the way happened with a referee standing just a few feet away, could have decided the game or anything.
— Ed Davis (@eddavis32) November 23, 2012
He aint lying.