NBA Reveals Decision on Rockets' Protest of Loss to Spurs

Sure its understandable that it would have been less than ideal for the game to have been re-played, but it also has left a black eye on the league's handling of team protests considering that they essentially agreed with the Houston Rockets but made a decision to deny the protest. The NBA announced Monday that it has denied the Rockets' protest of the game following a full investigation.

The NBA explained in a statement that the ball was "dunked with such force that, as it cleared the net, the ball was propelled around the basket and upward, creating an initial appearance that it was not a successful field goal".

The Rockets argued that the officials misapplied the playing rules by not granting a Coaches Challenge to Mike D'Antoni in regards to James Harden's fourth-quarter dunk, which cost the Rockets two points.

The league added that "as a result of Houston referred to as the timeout on this case, it was entitled to problem the basket interference name upon being knowledgeable of it by the sport officers".

KINGS 119, ROCKETS 118: Nemanja Bjelica made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Sacramento to a 119-118 victory at Houston on Monday night.

The Rockets were leading 102-89 when officials waved off the dunk, but San Antonio rallied after the botched call.

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"We had plenty of chances to win the game", he said. As it turned out, because, in part, the play became a catalyst for the Spurs to win the game in overtime.

The NBA has only granted three protests filed by teams in league history.

The NBA said they disciplined all three referees for misapplication of the coach's challenge rule, although the details of these penalties are unknown. The Association is more than happy to announce fines and suspensions when it comes to players, but discipline of officials remains hidden from view.

"As a follow-up to the National Basketball Association investigation into this matter, the National Basketball Association will work with the competition committee to develop additional procedures to help prevent the situation with the basket made from Harden from happening again", the league statement said.

"I hate it for them", he said. "They're trying to get it right and I'm sure they had good intentions".

  • Lawrence Cooper