Refs say they missed call on Waiters, plan to train for it
NEW YORK (AP) NBA referees say their missed foul on Oklahoma City's Dion Waiters as he inbounded the ball was a play they had never seen before.
The referees union also said Tuesday on Twitter that they would incorporate the play into their training moving forward.
The play began a wild final sequence in the Thunder's 98-97 victory over San Antonio on Monday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Waiters elbowed the Spurs' Manu Ginobili to create space to throw the inbounds pass, which the Spurs stole to start a fast break. San Antonio couldn't score, leaving the series tied at 1-1.
Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief, said after the game that upon seeing a review of the play, there should have been an offensive foul on Waiters.
Game 3 is Friday in Oklahoma City.