NEW ORLEANS – A possible non-call that went against the home team in New Orleans. Officials who examined a call after the time ran out. Those same officials are escorted out of the playing area flooded with whistles.
No, this wasn’t a Saints playoff. This was the scene at the Smoothie King Center at the end of the New Orleans Pelicans’ 128-126 loss against Utah Jazz on Monday.
Just one day after the Saints season ended after the referees determined that there was no offensive interference in the game’s transition into overtime, the pelicans’ coaches, players and fans were also looking for a whistle on the last game of the game – one who could have sent the game to overtime.
With Utah out of two, the pelicans forced Bojan Bogdanovic to lose a 3-pointer, which led to the possibility of tying the game or taking the lead. Pelican striker Brandon Ingram grabbed the rebound, and that’s where a part of the wild started.
As soon as the ball touched Ingram’s hands, three pelicans signaled a timeout: pelican coach Alvin Gentry and guard Lonzo Ball near midfield and guard JJ Redick near where Ingram took the rebound.
None of those three timeout signals were allowed. Redick turned his back as soon as Ingram dribbled, and Gentry and Ball stopped when Ingram started to gain steam towards the basket.
Ingram drove the defender of the year Rudy Gobert, who was on board, directly to central Utah and twice in office. Gobert jumped to his feet and Ingram tried to twist his body around Gobert’s to get the layup. Ingram’s arm wrapped around Gobert, but Gobert’s left arm made contact with Ingram’s right arm as he released the ball.
Referees reported that the game was over after going to the review to see if there was any time left on the clock after any possible clock malfunction. Once it was established that because the rules forbade them to retroactively add a foul in that situation, the game was over.
Gentry said he was not given an explanation on the pitch for why a foul was not made.
“All we did was exactly what we had to do – we took the ball, pushed it hard on the basket – and then they decided it wasn’t a foul,” said Gentry. “End of the game.”
Gentry added that the referees did not provide any explanation for the lack of timeout signals and do not remember an end of game episode in which he was not allowed a timeout in that situation.
Ball said the coaching staff told the players that if they stopped, they would immediately call the timeout, and that’s what he was doing. Once he saw Ingram go to the target, he retired because “not many people can stop him”.
What did Ball think of the end of the game?
“It was a foul, nothing more, nothing less,” he said. “We should have made two free throws. We didn’t do it. I play with the ball.”
Ingram took the high road when asked about contact at the end of the game.
“I don’t really think it matters what I saw,” said Ingram. “The referee has seen something different.”
When asked if he had been fouled, Ingram said, “I felt like I had been hit, but the referee sees it differently, so that’s the reality.”
There was a long review at the end of the game, although most of the Utah bench headed to the locker room, but it had nothing to do with reviewing the foul itself.
The crew chief, Kane Fitzgerald, told the pool reporter after the game: “In the last game, we saw the drive to the basketball from Ingram, and during the live game we heard that Rudy played in legal defense. “.
The sting of the game was particularly hard on the pelicans, who three weeks ago saw a situation similar to the un-called.
On December 17th, the pelicans were expected to have had a chance to win a regulatory game against the Brooklyn nets, after the nets had committed a stopwatch violation with 2.7 seconds remaining. However, officials at the time decided that the ball hit the edge, no breach was called and the pelicans missed a beat to try and win the game.
The game went overtime and the nets came with a 108-101 win.