In the NBA, there have been some questionable or missed calls, just like any other sport, which could have been affected the outcome of the game. Players in the NBA may make mistakes as well, but when the referee makes a mistake it could be much more costly. In the 2016 postseason, the referees' decisions on multiple calls have been questioned. With that in mind, let's take a look at six of the worst missed calls in NBA playoff history.
6. Dion Waiters/Manu Ginobili, Thunder vs. Spurs
In the last seconds of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of this playoffs: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs there was an offensive foul that went unmentioned. Thunder guard Dion Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili on the inbound play to make space to pass the ball to Kevin Durant. If the foul was called, the Spurs would have gained possession and there possibly could have been a different outcome. However in all fairness, the refs missed a multitude of calls on the final play of that game.
5. Damon Jones/Chauncey Billups, Heat vs. Pistons
In the last 30 seconds of Game 7 of the 2005 Eastern Conference Finals, there was a foul called by Joey Crawford for Chauncey Billups “pushing” Damon Jones out of bounds. When watching the replay, it was clear that Jones stumbled out of bounds on his own without any contact from Billups.
4. Kobe Bryant/Mike Bibby, Lakers vs. Kings
There was also the foul called on Mike Bibby towards Kobe Bryant in Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. The foul was called on Bibby even though it was Bryant who elbowed him in the face. There was controversy that the Los Angeles Lakers were being loosely officiated.
3. Dwyane Wade/Dirk Nowitzki, Heat vs. Mavs
Another bad call was in the last minute of Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals when Dwyane Wade charged past Dirk Nowitzki and elbowed him in the chest, but flew back as if Nowitzki had hit him. The Miami Heat were up by 1 in the last minute and the referees bought the flop giving Wade two free throws for a three point lead. The Heat won by the same three point margin that benefited from the flop play.
2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Bill Laimbeer, Lakers vs. Pistons
In the 1988 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons, Bill Laimbeer fouled out on a questionable call saying he fouled Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on a hook shot. The Pistons could have won and closed out the series right then and there, but the referees called Laimbeer's sixth foul and the Lakers went on the win the game and the series.
1. Steve Nash/Marcus Camby, Suns vs. Blazers
Lastly, one call that will always shock Portland Trail Blazers fans is when Joey Crawford called a foul on Marcus Camby towards Steve Nash when Camby was no where near Nash. Nash didn't fight it and took the free throws regardless.
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