It’s unfortunate, but games 2 and 3 of the NBA Finals have given opposing fans of the Miami Heat reason to complain.
After LeBron James fouled Kevin Durant on the final play of game 2 (needless to say the Heat had a foul to give so it would’ve been ball out anyway, not free throws), game 3 saw Heat coach Erik Spoelstra venture onto the court in the dying seconds as Russell Westbrook attempted an open 3 pointer. The shot would’ve tied the scorer at 88.
NBA rules state that if a coach ventures on the court without permission of an official, it is an automatic technical foul. Result would have been one free throw for the Thunder and possession. Of course, Spoelstra is a regular at stepping a couple feet onto the court and to finally call this correctly now on what would is a critical win would’ve been harsh.
Then there is the other side of the coin. How much impact did Spoelstra’s presence have on Westbrook? He was asked if he noticed him after the game,
“Nah I was just trying to make the basket.”
Prior to the shot attempt, Westbrook was 3/13 from beyond the arc for the series.
Make your own mind up. Should the refs have called a technical on Spoelstra despite having never done so to any coach during the season? Or was it simply a missed shot? Comment below.