Apr 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee (34) blocks a shot by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) during the second half at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

JaVale McGee Catches Ball in Midair, Gets Called For Goaltend (GIF)


Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee made an incredible play during the team’s first-round playoff match up against the Golden State Warriors. McGee elevated and blocked a shot, but he got so much on the ball that he was able to wrap his hand around it and bring the ball back down to his body.

That’s right, McGee blocked the ball and caught it. Unfortuantely, he was called for goaltending on the play.

It was an atrocious call, and the ref clearly didn’t understand just how amazing McGee’s rejection was.

Here is a GIF of the block-and-catch, via BuzzFeed Sports:

GIF via Twitter (@BuzzFeedSports)

I’m not quite sure how anyone can call that one a goaltend, but I guess since they are in Denver and it is 4/20 that we know what the ref was smoking when he made that abysmal call.

Here is the complete schedule for the series:

Game 1 Saturday, April 20, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), Game 2 Tuesday, April 23, 10:30 p.m. ET (TNT), Game 3 Friday, April 26, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2), Game 4 Sunday, April 28 TBD, Game 5 Tuesday, April 30 TBD, Game 6 Thursday, May 2 TBD, Game 7 Saturday, May 4 TBD

Be sure to stay tuned to FanSided.com throughout the NBA Playoffs for the latest news and coverage.

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