The Golden State Warriors eked out a win over the Miami Heat on Sunday night, 120-118, but nearly 24 hours later, the Last 2 Minute Report on the officiating has reared its ugly head. After Warriors forward Kevin Durant appeared to commit a dribbling violation, the officiating crew was silent, but Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra was not keeping mum after the game:
“Those are tough calls to make, but everybody saw it. It’s right there in front of everybody. That should be a violation and you can’t miss those calls. But we had our chances, it was back and forth.”
It appears that Spoelstra was right, as the report confirmed Monday:
“Combining video evidence from multiples angles confirms that the ball does not make contact with Winslow’s (MIA) foot/shin and a discontinued dribble should have been called on Durant (GSW).”
Alas, despite the error, the Warriors get the win and the Heat get … the satisfaction of knowing a call was blown that arguably cost them the game? The report seems well-intended by the league, but most times it leaves fans, players, and coaches hanging when it comes to tangibly change the outcome of what occurred. At the time of its release, Miami was just two hours away from tip-off for their contest Monday against the Denver Nuggets.
Any slight is amplified for Miami, who currently sits tied for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference alongside the Detroit Pistons. The team is attempting to make the postseason on back-to-back occasions for the first time since LeBron James roamed South Beach.