The Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks in overtime on Monday night, 120-115, tying the best-of-seven series at 2-2. It was one of -- if not the -- most exciting games of the season and maybe of the Nets brief three-year tenure in Brooklyn. A day later, however, the NBA admitted to four (4!) incorrect non-calls in the final minutes of Game 4.
* The Nets should have been called for a 24-second violation with 59.6 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The report found that Jeff Teague did not gain possession after Paul Millsap blocked a layup by Deron Williams and the shot clock was incorrectly reset.
* The Nets’ Brook Lopez should have been called for traveling with 36.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The report found that Lopez jumped in the air and landed before making a pass.
* The Hawks’ Al Horford should have been called for a loose ball foul against Lopez with 1:16 left in overtime. The report found that Horford clamped Lopez arm during a rebound.
* The Nets’ Alan Anderson should have been called for a loose ball foul against Millsap with 30.7 seconds left in overtime. The report found that Anderson held Millsap and affected his ability to retrieve a rebound.
"These things happen," is the best explanation I can give. There were about 4-5 non-calls and "wrong calls" -- if you asked me -- in the first half that you could have argued in favor for the Nets, with about two that I can think of throughout the game that could have tipped in favor of the Hawks. Again, "these things happen."
None of these four non-calls were necessarily egregious. After the missed 24-second violation, Joe Johnson missed a 15-foot jumper, the Hawks retained possession and scored, tying the game. Brook Lopez's missed travel was before the Joe Johnson missed jumper. The two missed calls in overtime amounted to "you win one, you lose one."
Again, missed calls are always tough, but refs are human and..."these things happen"!