The Sacramento Kings have had a rough season this year in the NBA and the referees are not helping them. In Sunday night’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs it appeared that Michael Finley had given the Spurs the lead with a three point shot with about 1.3 seconds left.
However after replaying the shot, it appears that Finley does not beat the shot clock which hits zero before he takes the shot. Here is more of the story from the San Antonio Express-News:
Michael Finley hit a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to push the Spurs past the Kings, but the ball appeared to leave his hands after the shot clock expired.
“The great ref crew said it counted,” said Finley. “So we’ll take it.”
By NBA rule, referees cannot use replay to reverse a call involving shot clock expiration.
“It looked like the ball was still in his hands,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich admitted afterward.
I actually like the fact that Popovich was honest about it. This might send Sacramento fans back in time to Samaki Walker’s shot in the Western Conference Finals in game four in 2002. The NBA then changed the rule the next season where buzzer-beating shots could be reviewed.
Honestly, the play should have been able to be reviewed since last second shots need to be checked not only if it was shot was released in time for the game clock but the shot clock as well. There is no doubt in my mind that the rule will be changed for next season. The NBA has already begun talks about changing the rule.
The Kings loss officially will give them the worst record in the NBA this year. The good news for Sacramento fans, you are now the leaders in the Blake Griffin sweepstakes.