Spurs "what if" #7- the last 13.5 seconds of Game 2 of the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals


On May 2, 2016, Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Thunder and Spurs came down the wire. Both teams played great basketball and all was exactly as the NBA gods would want from a postseason between rivals. At least for the first 47 minutes and 47 seconds. As for the rest, I think SB Nation’s Rodger Sherman said it best: And then came the game’s final 13 seconds. It’s hard to describe those 13 seconds without acknowledging the massive failures by all parties involved. Both teams made stupid plays. Both teams had a clear-cut path to victory, and both teams squandered their chance in outrageous fashion. Worse, both teams committed multiple infractions, and the third team on the court — the referees — stood silently as basketball calamity unfolded. Afterward, the official report from the NBA found five missed calls by the officials. FIVE. IN 13 seconds. That’s more than the average WWE referee misses in that amount of time. Here are the calls the NBA says it missed: 13.5 seconds remaining: Manu Ginobili steps over the line defending Dion Waiters’ inbounds pass In the last two minutes, this is a technical foul. The Thunder should’ve received an additional free throw, which could have given them a two-point lead and another opportunity to throw the ball in. 13.5 seconds remaining: Dion Waiters fouls Manu Ginobili Still the same inbounds pass. It was obvious that Dion Waiters reached across into the field of play and pushed Ginobili. Manu’s over-exaggerated reaction being a little WWE in nature have led the refs passing on a call, but it should have been a turnover, giving San Antonio the ball down.