Hey – what’s your favorite NBA playoff tradition? Seeing the same commercial 50 times in one quarter? Watching the studios edit NBA highlights into their movie trailers? LeBron fronting like he’s going dark on social media?
I’ve got mine. My favorite NBA playoff tradition is the league chasing every playoff game by admitting their refs just blew a big call in one.
Because I like something you can count on. And sure enough, the second Russ Westbrook’s toe traveled about 2-feet in the closing moments – you knew we were getting one.
And cue the league office! That would be Senior VP of Replay and Officiating Joe Borgie, who admitted the ref should have called a travel and “no one could get in good position to see him drag that pivot foot. It’s an unfortunate miss, but so much going on in the play, the speed of it BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.”
You know what it’s like? After a late night bender with your bros, when you creep out of the bedrooms and re-convene for a debriefing. Somebody messed up. Spilled a drink. Stole a girl. Skipped out on a tab. And he gives this scattered, rambling explanation and half-apology as he slams another Nuprin.
It’s over bro. You blew it. We all know it. Let’s move on.
And that’s exactly what I would expect Warriors fans to do after that no-call. Steve Kerr already has.
Of course it was a travel. The NBA hasn’t called travelling in 30 years. They’re not about to start calling it on a superstar in the final seconds.
And I hate to break it to you, but even if it DID get called… it probably wouldn’t’ have mattered. You’d have the ball down 3. The way your guys were shooting, they wouldn’t have made it anyway. Just saying.
I know you’re a little dazed this morning. But you didn’t lose that game because the ref couldn’t blow the whistle. You lost it because your guys couldn’t hit a shot when they absolutely had to.
Russ dragged his pivot foot. They were chucking cinder blocks. Now slam some hair of the dog and let’s hit a Denny’s. Good Talk.