A strange thing happened in LA
It's not much about the Blazers, but after their pathetic game against the Hawks, losing 89-92, I wasn't done watching NBA basketball for the night. Seeing two other playoff contenders in the West, the Mavericks and Clippers, compete in LA, I didn't care much for who won, despite that I'd rather have the Mavs win because I have no respect for the Clippers because I despise overrated teams (which is why I loved seeing OKC and NYK lose tonight).
The game was physical, emotional, and seemed like a playoff atmosphere, despite both teams likely being 1st round exits (my prediction). Late in the game, the Clippers held 2 point lead, and Jason Terry of the Mavericks nailed a 3 pointer. The game seemed over, with one last chance for the Clippers to tie or take the lead with a 3. They took a timeout, their last time, after they had troubles inbounding the ball.
Keep in mind, the Clippers were completely out of timeouts. They inbound the ball to Mo Williams, but Jason Terry attempts to make a steal. It was declared Clipper ball, but the refs wanted to go through video replay to make sure they got the call correctly. Since there was inconclusive evidence that it should be Mavs ball (although, many think it clearly went off of Mo Williams), the Clippers were able to inbound the ball again.
HOWEVER, during that video replay, both teams got a free timeout. The Mavericks still had one, but the Clippers did not. Thus, they were rewarded with an extra timeout to come up with a play in order to win the game.
Billups then inbounds the ball to Griffin, who uses his body to block Billups defender, and hands him the ball, giving "Mr. Big Shot" a wide open three, that went in with one second left. The Mavs then tried doing a lob play that failed, having them lose the game.
The question is, should the Clippers really get to talk to their bench, set up a play, and act as a normal timeout when the refs go in for a video replay? Should they be allowed to do this? Exhausting your timeouts is a dangerous thing to do, and often comes with penalties. This is why coaches are always hesitant to call timeouts after plays they dislike (unless of course, it's Greg Popovich).
The play that led to the Clippers victory was obviously a play drawn up in their "timeout" in which the refs took a good couple of minutes looking to see if they were correct or not. Because the refs decided to look at the play, the Clippers got that extra timeout, which led to the Clippers winning the game.
So, should teams be allowed to talk to their teams during an officials review? Should it be acted as a timeout? What do you think Blazer nation? Because, you never know, this could come back to haunt the Blazers. In fact, if I remember correctly, it did against Milwaukee a few years ago.