2013 NBA Playoffs: Official Performs Terrible Jump Ball in Game 6 Between New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers

By Dan Parzych
(Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Game 6 in the semifinals of the 2013 NBA playoffs between the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks was intense and it should be no surprise considering how this series went over the first five games. In the end, it was the Pacers who held on to advance to the Eastern Conference

While the game has certainly been one of the more intense ones of the postseason so far, there was a questionable call in the second quarter that not only left fans confused, but the announcers confused as well–making us ask what on earth were the officials thinking?

As you can see in the video above, referee Ken Mauer was responsible for taking care of a jump ball in which he clearly threw it up before anyone was ready and because of it–Amar’e Stoudemire had no problem with winning the jump ball. Even if the Pacers did manage to steal the ball shortly after, it’s difficult not to wonder what Mauer was thinking here.

This is the playoffs we’re talking about here and these officials need to be on top of their game as much as possible. The fact that Mauer managed to get away with such a terrible jump ball is ridiculous and luckily–it didn’t play a major role on the impact of the game.

Otherwise, this would have just been another incident to add to the list of terrible calls in professional sports–which is the last thing we need to deal with at the moment.

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