We've already heard Dion Waiters' opinion on the wild finish between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Now, it's time to hear from the other man involved in the controversial inbounds pass.
With under 14 seconds to play, Waiters threw an elbow at Manu Ginobili while throwing the ball in from the sideline. No call was made, although the lead referee stated afterward that he should have assessed an offensive foul on Waiters, awarding the ball to San Antonio.
While talking to reporters after the game, Ginobili expressed dismay with how the officials handled the final play, but he took the high road regarding the ultimate result of the game.
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“I was trying to pressure the ball and he tried to create room with his elbow. It's a very awkward play, it doesn't happen very often, so I guess (the referees) didn't see it.
“…But again, it wasn't that play that decided anything, because we got the steal, we got the shot, we got an offensive rebound.”
Ginobili makes a good point. Yes, the Spurs would've had more time to set up a play had the foul been called on Waiters, but they still had plenty of opportunities to complete their comeback in the last few seconds and were unable to convert.