Thunder appear to get away with offensive foul in win over Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have lost once at home entering Monday’s game against the Thunder. And it looked like the Spurs were about to pull off a remarkable comeback in the final moments to keep that home dominance intact.
With Dion Waiters attempting to inbound the ball with 13.5 seconds left in the game, he appeared to commit an offensive foul in an attempt to create some space as Manu Ginobili pressured the pass. One referee was close enough to see Waiters elbow Ginobili in the chest but did not blow the whistle.
Dion Waiters actually hit Manu Ginobli while inbounding, Spurs went nuts https://t.co/iyYskpL4tQArticle continues below ...
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It looks like the whistle also should have been blown the moment Waiters left his feet.
Also, per NBA rules, an inbounder may not "leave the playing surface to gain an advantage" on a throw-in. Waiters clearly jumped on the pass
— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) May 3, 2016
But Waiters said that Ginobili stepped over the out-of-bounds line. And it looks like he has a point.
Dion Waiters sitting at his locker, scrolling through his phone postgame: "He stepped on the line anyway"
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— John Hickman (@JHickmanOKC) May 3, 2016
The Spurs stole the inbounds pass but failed to score as the Thunder hung on to a 98-97 win to even the series 1-1.
"Something certainly happened on the sideline I thought," Gregg Popovich said after the game.
The Spurs have lost the home-court advantage and it’ll be curious to see if the league comments on the officiating Tuesday. Game 3 of the series is Friday in Oklahoma City.