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L2M Report: Yes, the refs DID blow it for Nets

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NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Brooklyn Nets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets took a tough double overtime loss against the Memphis Grizzlies Friday. With the loss, the Nets extended their losing streak to five games. Indeed, it was so dispiriting it seemed like more than a single loss.

To make things even more frustrating, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute report, the referees of the game missed EIGHT calls during the game. Of those eight calls, six should’ve been in the Nets favor.

Moreover, one of those calls was on Jaren Jackson Jr.’s four-point play near the end of regulation. Instead of a foul on Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the L2M Report says the refs should have called an offensive foul on Jackson. No four-point play. Nets ball. And the failed out-of-bounds play that Kenny Atkinson blames on himself? The report says it should have been a foul on the Grizzlies! In other words, the Nets should have won.

Here are the six missed calls that would have been in the Nets favor. Read them and weep.

— 26.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was called for a shooting foul. Grizzlies rookie Jaren Jackson Jr “unnaturally” extended his legs, preventing Hollis-Jefferson from making contact.

— 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter: Jackson Jr. got away with a personal foul on D’Angelo Russell during the inbound pass, resulting in a turnover in favor of Memphis.

— 1:52 mark of the first overtime period: Grizzlies veteran Mike Conley committed a defensive three-second violation that wasn’t called.

— 35.4 second left in the first overtime: A foul away from the play, Shelvin Mack went uncalled

— 20.7 seconds left in the first overtime: Marc Gasol got away with a loose ball foul while jockeying with Jarrett Allen for a rebound allowing the Grizzlies to retain possession

— 35 second left in the second overtime: Jaren Jackson Jr avoided a personal foul on Jarrett Allen

The Nets got away with some small breaks during crunch time. Spencer Dinwiddie drew a foul against Mike Conley in the first overtime. And then D’Angelo Russell got away with a travel in the second overtime period. But if the calls in regulation had been right, there wouldn’t have been an overtime.

Are the Nets historically disadvantaged in late game situations? As 538.com reported last year, Brooklyn was on the wrong side of an incorrect call or incorrect non-call in the final two minutes 29 times. That led the league.