The Memphis Grizzlies managed to claim their second win of the season Sunday evening against the LA Clippers, as they bested the slumping star-studded squad by a final score of 105-101.
While the end result alone suggests the contest was a tightly contested affair, for those who watched all 48 minutes it was nauseatingly apparent that things proved to be a bit too close for comfort, particularly during the final stretch of the fourth period.
On November 13, the following day, the NBA shed light on one of the reasons why such emotions were so present, as they released their Last Two Minute Report for this game and detailed several big missed calls during crunch time.
NBA admits to missing calls late in Grizzlies latest win over Clippers
Per the report, the first missed call against the Grizzlies came at the 52-second mark when Marcus Smart dropped to the floor on a drive to the basket and, while on the ground, was able to save the play by slinging it to a cutting David Roddy for the highlight lay-in. The league admits that Clippers star Kawhi Leonard should have been called for a personal on the play.
The next noteworthy missed call came while the score read 101-98 with 37.4 remaining on the game clock. After a missed game-tying triple by James Harden, Grizzlies big Bismack Biyombo pulled down the rebound, only to then have it swatted away from guard Terance Mann, where it would fall out of bounds and remain Memphis’ ball.
While they still managed to retain possession, according to the report Mann should have been called for a personal, citing: “Mann (LAC) reaches in for the ball and makes contact with Biyombo’s (MEM) arms, which affects his release of the ball.”
Perhaps the most worrisome of the missed calls came at 14 seconds remaining when Bane fell to the floor following contact with Clippers star Paul George.
Looking back on this exchange, the league ruled that George should have been called for a foul once “incidental foot to foot contact” occurred and, considering they were in the bonus already, it would have sent Bane to the free-throw line to have a chance to increase their lead by four.
The report highlighted several missed calls, many of which could have benefited the Grizzlies had things been correctly witnessed in live action.
Fortunately, however, unlike the harrowing turn of events during their close-fought contest against the Trail Blazers back on November 3, Memphis managed to triumph despite the no-calls.