The Indiana Pacers took a few hard hits during a four-game road trip over the last week. The last (and most controversial) loss on that Western Conference road swing, came in the final seconds of an away game against the Denver Nuggets. A last-second late no-call, gave Denver an open opportunity to take the victory, as the game came to a close.
The NBA recently released an official announcement, admitting that certain calls at the waning moments of the game were called wrong on the court. The league said that a steal credited to Denver forward Andre Iguodala was actually a foul, and should have been credited as such. The “steal” came with 2.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, while the game was tied at 101-101.
This admission by the NBA is not the only mistake made by officials recently. At least two other games over the past two weeks have been decided by controversial calls in the last few moments. The league has recently released at least two other similar statements, trying to apologize (or cover up) for mistakes made by the NBA’s officiating crews lately.
Admission to guilt or wrongdoing is the first step towards correction, but there is still much more work to be done by the NBA and their officials. A single mistake here and there is expected on occasion, but at least three game-changing bad calls must be accounted for and adjusted. The Indiana Pacers can bounce back from these tough losses on the road, but every win still counts, especially when Indiana is in a tight race for their conference and division titles.