The NBA released its official Last Two Minutes report for Monday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors, and it confirmed what most fans that watched from home already knew: that Draymond Green traveled before making the basket that gave Golden State a four-point lead with 1:39 left in the fourth quarter.
In the L2M report, NBA confirms the traveling call on LeBron James but admits they missed the one on Draymond Green that had the Lakers' bench so upset pic.twitter.com/ghM9SIUimV— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) January 19, 2021
Here’s the play that the officials missed:
mind boggling that the refs would see the clear LeBron travel, and then miss the even clearer Draymond travel. pic.twitter.com/M6gzX2DM4F— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) January 19, 2021
The Last Two Minutes Report also confirmed that LeBron James did indeed travel in the previous possession — a possession that proved to be a momentum-killer for the Lakers. Frank Vogel saved himself a few bucks by declining to comment on the officiating Monday night, but LeBron James was openly skeptical, particularly when it came to the travel calls and non-calls that were included in the Last Two Minutes report.
“I don’t know,” James said. “I seen it on the replay and it’s the move I’ve been making pretty much my whole career, and if that’s the call that’s going tone called—a travel—then I would like to see it across the whole board, every game, consistent like that.
“I mean, it’s so funny because the very next play, Draymond gets into the lane and slides his foot and is not called, and the same official that called me for the travel is right there on the play and told me he didn’t travel. That’s definitely something I need to be more leery about but I have not been called for travels like that in my career.”
But even James wasn’t as harsh enough of the referees for that missed call. If they had caught it, perhaps the Lakers would have extended their winning streak to six games.
One thing’s for certain: I’ve lost all respect. Sorry, this is absolutely rigged for money or ratings — I’m not sure which. I won’t be silent. Just saw it live, sorry.