Austin Rivers supports Rockets’ protest in loss to Spurs, hopeful they can ‘run that back’
The controversial game between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs is headed into uncertain territory. Austin Rivers chipped in on the argument, saying that the Rockets are right for their decision to contest the decision.
Mark Berman of FOX 26 got to talk to the Houston point guard about the protest. He said that he was more than happy that his team decided to pursue the protest over the poor call.
”That was ridiculous. I don’t know how they didn’t see it. I saw it (Harden’s dunk). That’s their job. The refs, you got one thing to do, watch the ball go through the hoop. Hopefully we can run that back.”
To refresh the fans’ memories, the play in question was the slam dunk James Harden made in the fourth quarter of the double-overtime epic. The Beard made a ferocious slam that easily got the entire crowd up on their feet as it was a beautiful finish. However, the ball was too powerful that the ball spun out and back of the rim, making it appear that the ball didn’t go in.
Austin Rivers wants this play protested.
The referees called the shot as incomplete and blew the whistle for basket interference. Mike D’Antonio was definitely going to protest the call but missed the 30-second window allowed for any coach’s challenge to take effect.
According to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, 14 protests have happened ever since 1986. The last protest, filed by Sacramento Kings against the Memphis Grizzlies in 2014, was shot down by Adam Silver. The odds don’t look good for the Rockets, but they believe that they have a strong enough case to become the second protest getting a positive vote.