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NBA Admits Refs Missed Draymond Green Lane Violation in Final Moment of Game 1

In its Last Two Minute Report on officiating, the NBA admitted that Draymond Green committed a lane violation on the decisive George Hill free throw that eventually led to Smith dribbling the ball out of the paint and ending regulation tied 107-107. If the violation had been caught, Hill would have been awarded a new free throw attempt and another chance to give the Cavs the lead.

According to the analysts, a foul should have been called on Draymond Green at the 12.1-second mark of regulation, after he deterred Lebron James from freely moving through the Cavs half-court set which was before his pass to George Hill who was fouled by Klay Thompson and sent to the free throw line. If said foul was called, this would have put Lebron James on the line instead of Hill, which could have drastically changed the outcome of the game as Lebron shot 10-11 from the free throw line.

Another missed call by the officials came at the 4.7-second mark in the form of a lane violation, once again committed by Draymond Green, which would have allowed George Hill to take an additional free throw attempt, that was originally missed and rebounded by JR Smith, who retreated near the halfcourt line wasting precious time in regulation.

Both missed violations could have possibly changed the outcome of the game, and now, the officiating crew is on the hot seat with game two of the NBA Finals taking place this Sunday at 5 pm PST at Oracle Arena between the Warriors and the Cavaliers.

 

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