NBA referee Scott Foster missed the call. Replay clearly shows that Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge blocked Kevin Durant‘s layup before the ball hit the backboard, and with the ball still on the way up late in regulation. Watch it again for yourself.
While you’re watching you’ll also hear that Blazers TV play-by-play man Mike Barrett thought it was goal-tending until he saw the replay. Unfortunately for the Blazers and Foster, the call was not reviewable under current NBA rules, though it probably should be in the future. It was a tough call that he missed, tying the game 103-103. OKC went on to win 111-107 in overtime.
To Portland’s credit, from players to coaches and even some fans, the response to Foster’s call has been refreshingly tame.
Here’s the Blazers on the goaltend/block, via OregonLive.com, The (Portland) Oregonian’s web site.
Coach Nate McMillian: “I thought it was a good block. The game should have been over.”
Aldridge: “I don’t want to sound rude, but it doesn’t really matter now. They made shots in overtime, and we didn’t, and they got some calls their way, and they win the game.”
“It could’ve been (a clean block) — it doesn’t really matter, does it? I’m not trying to sound rude today, guys, but it’s just when you lose a game like that, I don’t really want to go back and forth on if it was or if it wasn’t because that would’ve changed the game. They played better than us, I guess.”
Even this blog post, titled “Scott Foster Is Not The Enemy,” refuses to blame the loss on the call. Like I said, refreshing.