In the latest edition of the “Too Little, Too Late Chronicles”, the NBA has admitted that the officials made a mistake at the end of Sunday’s contest between the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves.
The call in question was an apparent foul by Kobe Bryant on the Wolves’ Ricky Rubio. With the T-Wolves down by three, Rubio went for the tying shot at the buzzer that would’ve sent the game into overtime. Instead, Rubio was contact by Bryant and the shot missed. The Minnesota point guard immediately complained about the no call, but to no avail.
The league relayed the following on the situation on the official NBA Officials website:
Ricky Rubio attempted a 3-point shot at the buzzer of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 120-117 win over the Timberwolves on March 27. Video review by the league office confirmed that Kobe Bryant fouled Rubio while Rubio was in his shooting motion. Rubio should have been awarded three free throws.
The end result wont have an impact on Minnesota’s season, but it could play an major impact on the Lakers playoff chances, especially if the Lakers make the playoffs by one game.
For those who missed the play, it can be seen again in the video below.