Marvin Williams, James Borrego slam no-call on Kemba Walker’s last play
The Charlotte Hornets fell victim to one of the most contentious non-calls of the season thus far, as All-Star point guard Kemba Walker’s last-second attempt was blocked by Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Caris LeVert.
It was supposed to be a game-winning attempt from Walker, but the fact that he was not able to get his shot off meant that the Nets would come out victorious, 117-115.
Following the contest, the Hornets were understandably displeased with how things ended in the tightly-contested matchup, with Charlotte head coach James Borrego barely able to contain his emotions.
James Borrego on the no-call at the end. He was hot! pic.twitter.com/b9wvxMo8gW
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) February 24, 2019
While coach Borrego was able to remain professional in answering the inquiry about the non-call, his tone clearly implied what he thought about the play.
However, Hornets veteran forward Marvin Williams was not as diplomatic as his coach, with the 32-year-old slamming the game officials for what he believed to be an obvious miscall.
Marvin Williams on Caris LeVert’s last-second block of Kemba Walker: “I don’t understand how he doesn’t get free throws on that play. This sh1t is crazy to me. Excuse my language but that sh1t is crazy.” #Nets #Hornets
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) February 24, 2019
To be fair to the referees, LeVert does appear to have a case for a clean block. The defensive play looks a lot worse than it actually was, and upon multiple viewings of the replay, it does look like it was LeVert’s elbow that hit the ball. Regardless though, Hornets supporters will likely not be on the same boat.
Walker had another outstanding performance in this one, scoring a team-high 32 points on 12-of-28 shooting along with six three-pointers, one rebound, three assists, two steals, and just a single turnover in 40 minutes of action.
However, Walker was outshined by birthday boy D’Angelo Russell who dropped 40 big points on 14-of-31 from the floor. The 23-year-old also connected on six three’s, and added a rebound, seven assists, two steals, and a block to round out another amazing performance for the Nets.