Following a controversial finish to Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, the entire basketball world was patiently waiting for the league to release their Last Two Minute Report as there were a number of different plays which transpired at the end of the fourth quarter which were questioned by many fans and pundits alike.
Friday afternoon, the league released their Last Two Minute Report and there were two entries which jumped off of the page as soon as any fan saw them.
First things first, the league sided with the officials working Golden State’s 124-114 overtime victory over Cleveland by stating that the referees made the correct call when determining whether or not LeBron James had beaten Kevin Durant to a spot on the floor in hopes of taking a charge in the final 37 seconds of regulation.
“The crew was not reasonably certain whether James (CLE) was in the restricted area after an offensive foul was called against Durant (GSW). Upon replay review, it was confirmed that James was outside the restricted area. The referees also reviewed whether James was in a legal guarding position, which is an additional reviewable matter for this replay trigger. Replay showed James was not in a legal guarding position because he was turning his body and moving into Durant when contact occurred. Thus the initial call on the floor was overturned and James was assessed a blocking foul.”
While that particular explanation will not sit well with LeBron or any of his Cavaliers teammates, there was another entry included by the league which could ultimately make their blood boil.
According to the league, Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green should have been called for a lane violation on what ultimately turned out to be the missed free throw which would have put Cleveland ahead with less than five seconds to go in the fourth quarter as the officials missed what the NBA has determined was a lane violation by the former Michigan State Spartans standout which would have given George Hill another opportunity to knock down the free throw which led to J.R. Smith’s unfortunate gaffe.
“Green (GSW) steps into the lane prior to the release of the free throw attempt.”
Obviously, these determinations will have no impact whatsoever on the outcome of Game 1 as both sides now have to just accept what was included in this report and turn their attention to Sunday night’s showdown at Oracle Arena as Golden State looks to defend their home court while Cleveland attempts to recreate the type of performance we saw on Thursday night in hopes of stealing a game on the road and bringing home court advantage back to Northeast Ohio with them once the setting of this series shifts to Quicken Loans Arena.