The fight between the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday ended in a controversial way. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard was fouled offensively by James Harden in what turned out to be a game-saving play for the Nets.
The league has now issued an official statement on the controversial call, and it turns out the NBA is backing the umpires’ decision on the game. This report comes through Andrew Grief from the Los Angeles Times:
According to the latest 2-minute NBA report, this was considered a correct decision.
“Leonard (LAC) extends his arm in front of Harden (BKN) and dislodges him from his defensive position.” https://t.co/n7y4ab8mmN
– Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) February 22, 2021
As you saw in the clip, there are two main angles that provide a clear view of the work in question. From behind, it looked like Harden dropped into the play. However, the view from under the basket also shows how Kawhi Leonard parried Harden using his left arm. While there’s no denying that there was something (or a lot, depending on where you’re sitting) acting on Harden’s part, Leonard isn’t entirely clear here.
Regardless of what anyone and everyone may think of the play, the NBA has decided that the offensive foul remains. That’s all folks.
This was a key win for the Nets without Kevin Durant, who have now racked up six straight wins. They also defeated the mighty Clippers, for the second time this month, which is a huge win for the mighty East team.
On the other hand, Sunday’s loss was Los Angeles’ second loss in its last three games. However, the way they missed this is an undeniably hard pill for any Clipper fan to swallow.