The Memphis Grizzlies and Denver Nuggets played a tightly contested game on Monday night. With less than one second remaining and a two point Grizzlies lead, a free throw from Courtney Lee appeared not to hit the rim.
Had that call been made, the Nuggets would have been awarded the ball with 0.7 seconds left. The refs missed it, though, and so things ended up with a Denver loss and a grumpy Brian Shaw.
On Tuesday evening the NBA issued a statement acknowledging that the call was missed:
Upon review at the league office, we have confirmed that a free throw taken by Memphis’ Courtney Lee with 0.7 seconds remaining in the game did not touch the rim. A violation should have been called with Denver inbounding the ball with 0.7 seconds left on the clock. Since the Nuggets had no timeouts remaining, they would not have been able to advance the ball to the frontcourt.”
Going the length of the court to tie up or win the game would have been a tall order indeed, but Shaw is still irritated that his team didn’t get the chance:
We still would have had to go down and make a shot. But at least we would have had an opportunity to do that. It’s our luck this season.”
It’s been a long season in Denver.