Monday, February 20, 2012
2/20/2012 09:09:00 AM | Posted by Jacob Noble | Edit Post
|Barstool - Philly|
Love scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including a pair of free throws with 0.1 seconds left, to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.
With the Target Center crowd of 18,759 standing and roaring, Love drove to the basket off an inbound play with his head down and tempted Andre Iguodala to reach in and try to swipe the ball away from the baseline. The whistle sounded, Love walked to the line, and he calmly swished both shots.
I did not catch this game because I was busy covering the Celtics last night. Anyway, our friends over at Barstoolsports (well really Barstool-Philly) pointed this gaffe out. I was always under the impression that NBA officials do not want to make a call that will determine a game. They did this last night. Barstool Philly and I are not alone here, let's take a look at what Libertyballers (a 76er blog) had to say:
Kevin Love had played a terrible game offensively (7-23 from the field) but with just over 3 seconds left, was the benefit of a call from the refs that was as generous as it was rare.
In all three shots, Dre's hand only has ball, not any wrist, elbow, bicep, fingers, or crotch. For all intents, the only possible body part on Andre's person that could be touching Mr. Love is his forearm. That could be rubbing up against Love's inner elbow and frictioning some contact. Other than that, he's all clear.
I guess superstar's get superstar calls. Even if it takes a victory away from a better team without a "superstar".