Referees miss foul of Brandon Ingram by Rudy Gobert at end of Pelicans game
The referees missed a foul committed by Rudy Gobert on Brandon Ingram at the end of Monday night’s Utah Jazz-New Orleans Pelicans game that left the Pelicans frustrated.
Ingram drove to the basket and went for a layup with his team down 128-126 with under two seconds left. He was smacked on the forearm by Gobert, but no foul was called. He missed the shot and the game ended.
Straight garbage at the end of the Pelicans/Jazz game. Down 2 Brandon Ingram takes it to the rack and CLEARLY gets hit on the arm by Gobert! They review it and determine it was a “clean block”.
— Doug McKain (@DMAC_LA) January 7, 2020
Pelicans players were frustrated with the no-call. Lonzo Ball said it was a foul and Ingram should have been given free throws.
Lonzo Ball said “it was a foul… we should have been shooting two free throws.”
Also added that coaching staff told the team that if they get a stop, they were supposed to call timeout.
He made the timeout signal, didn’t get.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) January 7, 2020
They were also upset that coach Alvin Gentry and Ball’s efforts to call a timeout were ignored.
NBA referee Kane Fitzgerald answered questions for a pool reporter after the game. His explanation was Gobert played “legal defense.”
NBA Referee Kane Fitzgerald Comments to Pool Reporter after Jazz-Pelicans game pic.twitter.com/vOYkS8Wipn
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) January 7, 2020
That was a missed call, and it stinks for the Pelicans.