Wednesday night’s game between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets was excellent, but the contest was definitely hampered by some bad refereeing. With less than a minute left in the game, the NBA has released their Last Two Minute Report, which contains a significant missed call.
With 57 seconds remaining, Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon stopped Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s attempt at a three-pointer after he was fouled and forced to foul twice. With less than a minute remaining, the Nuggets led by five points thanks to a big play; however, the NBA acknowledges that Gordon stepped out of bounds before recovering the ball, therefore the Caldwell-Pope free throws should never have happened.
With 53 seconds left and only three points down, Golden State would have been awarded possession if the call had been accurate. Although this is the only missed call on the Last Two Minute Report, there were several more in the fourth quarter, including a clear goaltending violation that the officials overlooked when Gordon stopped Steph Curry’s layup after it struck the glass. This was undoubtedly a missed call even if it didn’t happen in the last two minutes and wasn’t reported in the report.
There’s no doubting the officiating staff made some critical errors in this one, with the Warriors losing out on both the missed goaltending call and the missed out-of-bounds call.