For the second time in a month, the NBA's Referee Office has determined that refs working a Nets game missed a crucial foul at the end of a game, one that could very well have changed its outcome. Last time, it was the Cavs and missed call on LeBron James. This time it was Wednesday's Magic game and a missed call on Victor Oladipo.
As Dan Feldman of NBC Sports writes on New Year's Day...
"Oladipo (ORL) hooks Jack (BKN) affecting his FOM"
FOM means freedom of movement.
The Magic were in the penalty. So, a correct call would’ve given Jack, who’s shooting 89% from the line this season, two free throws.
Instead, Orlando forward Aaron Gordon forced a jump ball and won it. Tobias Harris made the go-ahead layup on the other end, and Jack missed his attempt to re-take the lead. The Magic then added six free throws after intentional fouls and won 100-93.
Like so many of these plays, we don’t know how the game would’ve played out if the call had been made correctly, and the final score doesn’t also accurately reflect how close the game was. So, there’s no certainty.
But the Nets probably would’ve won if that call were made correctly.
Here's the video of the play ... and the call.
At the end of November, the Referee Office determined, in no surprise to Nets fans, that two critical plays in the Cavaliers game should have gone the other way. Either could have spelled the difference in the 90-88 loss. Both involved LeBron James.
We know the old adage, "it all evens out," but there's another adage that might be more appropriate: "You owe us."