Game 1 of the NBA Finals was a wild game and it took the Golden State Warriors overtime to take down the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.
That’s not really a shocking result since the Warriors are heavily favored, but believe it or not, the Cavaliers had a real shot to steal Game 1 in Oracle Arena. Unfortunately for Cleveland, there was one play (among others) that really turned this game around in favor of Golden State.
With around 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter with the Cavs up two, LeBron James took a charge against Kevin Durant.
Well, we thought it was a charge until the referees made two different calls, huddled together, looked at the replay and then overturned the call that gave Durant two free throws.
According to disgraced referee Tim Donaghy, the referees shouldn’t have awarded Golden State the ball, and if there was differing opinions between the refs, they should’ve had a jump ball at the center circle between Durant and LeBron.
Donaghy is referring to Rule 12, which states:
“If a double foul occurs as a result of a difference in opinion by the officials, no points can be scored and play shall resume with a jump ball at the center circle between any two opponents in the game at that time. No substitute may participate in the jump ball.”
Tim Donaghy says by rule, a jump ball should have been held after the controversial decision to call a block on LeBron James https://t.co/ohFdPABM7h
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“Clearly Brothers called a block, Kenny Mauer called a charge, and they had a difference of opinion,” Donaghy said. “So, by rule, there should have been a jump ball at the center circle between any two opponents that were in the game at the time.”
So, the referee who ended up serving time in federal prison for betting on games he officiated knows the rule, and the others don’t? Wow. That’s not a good thing.