Video shows Spurs fan holding Steven Adams' arm on final play
The final sequence of Game 2 between the Thunder and Spurs on Monday night had about 17 no-calls.
Unofficially, of course.
But while the basketball world talks about Dion Waiters getting away with using his forearm to create separation from Manu Ginobili on the Thunder's final inbounds play -- and to a lesser extent Ginobili getting away with stepping on the sideline while guarding Waiters on the inbounds pass -- there appeared to be another questionable maneuver inside the final three seconds.
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This one was made by a Spurs fan.
When center Steven Adams sold out to contest Patty Mills' last-second 3-point attempt, his momentum carried him into the fans seated courtside. And it appears one Spurs fan had no interest in allowing Adams to get back into the play. The NBA TV studio crew pointed it out during their postgame show.
whoa whoa whoa AND Steven Adams had his arm grabbed by a fan on that last play pic.twitter.com/2EwdJuwMnv— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 3, 2016
Again, this was one of several questionable things that happened during a wild and crazy final sequence. But in this case, I'm not so sure this fan's hold had ill intent. The fan appears to be a woman who Adams unintentionally bumped and knocked down. While the subsequent forearm grab is undeniable, it could be that the woman was trying to keep herself up. Who knows?
What we do know is that it certainly didn't impact the final sequence as much as this hold.