SACRAMENTO -- Sorry Kings fans, we blew it.
That is the message the NBA sent on Tuesday afternoon. The league’s review center caught a glaring mistake in the officiating of the Kings heartbreaking double-overtime loss at home to the Charlotte Hornets Monday night, according to official.nba.com.
No, it wasn’t the shocking offensive foul call on DeMarcus Cousins with 3:30 left in the second overtime session that stalled the Kings’ All-Star center at 56 points. The official review had this to say about that play:
“LATR and L-Slash (camera angles) show Cousins (SAC) attempts to create space after securing the rebound by initiating contact with Kaminsky, who is in a legal guarding position after the rebound is secured, and he dislodges him from his position.”
We could debate the merits of this official review for hours, but there is a second call in question that had a much larger impact on the final outcome of the game.
With 11.5 seconds remaining and the Hornets trailing the Kings 126-128, reserve guard Troy Daniels caught a ball and buried a 27-foot 3-ball to give Charlotte a one-point lead. Sacramento got the ball back, but couldn’t find the bottom of the net in the closing seconds and lost by the final of 129-128.
According to the NBA’s official review, the shot shouldn’t have counted:
“Daniels (CHA) moves his pivot foot prior to releasing the jump shot.”
The video attached to the ruling shows Daniels pick up and change his pivot foot three times, clearing enough space to shoot the ball over the outstretched arms of point guard Darren Collison.
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The loss snapped the Kings' five-game win streak and dropped them to 20-24 on the season. They are clinging to a one-game lead in the chase for the eight spot in the Western Conference playoff race and this one could come back to haunt them.
Just to make everyone feel better about the ruling, it means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. The NBA does not go back and right wrongs in these situations. It’s more of a “my bad” type deal.
After the loss, the Kings hopped on a jet for Portland where they face the Trail Blazers Tuesday night in the second night of a back-to-back.