TNT analysts claim Spurs robbed by non-call in closing seconds of Thunder victory
TNT game analyst Chris Webber claimed the San Antonio Spurs were robbed in the closing seconds of Game 2 of the Thunder-Spurs series on Monday night, when an offensive foul wasn't called on Dion Waiters when he pushed off Manu Ginóbili in attempting to pass the ball inbounds to Kevin Durant.
"That was an offensive foul, a blatant offensive foul," Webber said. "That was there for anyone to view. He was out of bounds. You can't push anybody from there. ... Terrible!"
The TNT studio crew also thought the Spurs were robbed but weren't sure what the infraction should have been, a foul or a technical.
"I would protest the game," Kenny Smith said. "That might have been the worst non-call I have seen in a playoff game in the last five years."
Charles Barkley said: "I have been in the NBA for 30 years, and I've never seen that ... I think the referee just panicked. It was clearly something."
TNT producers attempted to get a clarification from the NBA Replay Center.
Barkley said the Thunder were lucky to win Game 2 because of the team's sloppy play.
"Even though they won the game, there were too many mental mistakes. That last play they got away with an offensive violation or offensive foul. They just threw it up for grabs to Kevin Durant. They fouled a 3-point shooter again."
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Game announcer Marv Albert also was surprised Serge Ibaka fouled LaMarcus Aldridge on a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. "He fouled him on a 3-point shot. You got to be kidding!"
Even with the Thunder leading by three points, Barkley wan't happy with Russell Westbrook and Durant's play.
"It's frustrating to watch Oklahoma City play because if Russell Westbrook and Durant would trust (Steven) Adams and (Enes) Kanter and the other guys, it would help their game in the long run. If you play against a guy and he might pass the ball, you have two things to worry about obviously.
"Every time Adams or Kanter has the ball, they either get a layup or a dunk. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant put so much pressure on the defense, but they don't trust those guys. If they would trust their guys, this would be a much better team."
Barkley credited Aldridge, who finished with 40 points, for tearing up Ibaka.
"He's sent a limo for Serge Ibaka. Ibaka has his house on fire. Kenny, he's got to get the wife and the kids out."
•On the Fox Sports Oklahoma postgame show, analyst Antonio Daniels said he expected the Thunder to bounce back in what might be the most important game in Thunder history. With many people writing the team off in the series, he thought the team's pride would come through.
"This was a huge game, and Oklahoma City came out and played like it. You could tell the Oklahoma City Thunder came out tonight with a chip on their shoulder."
•Webber compared Westbrook's quick footwork to former All-Star guard Allen Iverson. "Come full speed at you, hesitate you with the crossover, hesitation dribble and knock it down. As a defensive player, you don't know what to do, You're on skates, literally, roller skates, ice skates, because of the skill set of that guard."
•Webber on the Spurs' 1 for 9 shooting start: "If we were in Boston, I'd say the leprechaun is playing great defense. I don't know what it is tonight. San Antonio is getting the shots they want, not able to knock them down."
•Webber on the Thunder getting only two assists on 10 field goals in the first quarter: "That's what gets you in trouble. It's almost like fool's gold."