NBA says referees were right not to call foul on Iguodala’s late strip
Last 2 Minute reports are often used to rip on NBA referees, but the league’s release of the report from Game 2 of the Golden State Warriors-Portland Trail Blazers series indicates that they got a tough call right in the decisive stages.
According to the L2M report, Andre Iguodala’s game-sealing strip of Damian Lillard was not a foul, and the referees were correct in not calling it, stating that the contact on Lillard was “marginal.”
NBA Last 2 Minute Report determines refs got no-call right on Andre Iguodala’s Game 2-sealing strip of Damian Lillard. pic.twitter.com/F9SOvZU9t1
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 17, 2019
Lillard had pointed out that he felt there was “a lot of contact” on the play, but had refused to blame the referee for not deciding the game with his whistle.
"I felt like it was contact, there was a lot of contact, but obviously the ref is not going to decide the game or jump in at that point, so good defensive play." Damian Lillard breaks down the final possession in game 2 loss. #RipCity pic.twitter.com/UrVukxrEq8
— Orlando Sanchez (@orlandokgw) May 17, 2019
Ultimately, the L2M report doesn’t even back Lillard’s assertion. They saw minimal contact, and there can be no complaints from Portland, though they didn’t really offer any serious ones anyway.