The NBA's last two-minute report found that the Knicks were the victims of two bad calls during Tuesday night's game vs. the Nets, but Mitchell Robinson’s late-game foul on James Johnson with 2.2 seconds left, that would ultimately decide the game was not one of those calls.
Despite the Knicks' justified anger over the poor officiating, the league said the game-deciding foul was the correct call. The league did however fess up to two blown calls that were both against the Knicks.
The two fouls in question include the play where James Harden made contact with Julius Randle’s arm with 1:49 remaining on a jump shot. The call led to a frustrated Randle receiving a technical foul. The other missed call happened when Johnson was fouled by Robinson. Although the report concluded the call on that play was correct, there should have been a called foul called on LaMarcus Aldridge for a three-second violation.
Randle, who was very upset at how he was officiated during the game, made it known how 'pissed' he was over one refree's explanation about a missed call.
"They said because certain contact doesn't affect me," Randle said in the post-game press conference. "It affects other players because I'm stronger, they miss the calls."
Head coach Tom Thibodeau was livid too and pointed to the disparity in free throw attempts as an example of the bad officiating. The Nets took 25 - while the Knicks took just 12. Thibs took a different tone Wednesday when addressing Tuesday's loss to the Nets.
"You just got to move on. That’s the league,” Thibodeau said. “You can’t think about what happened yesterday. You have to think about what’s coming. So that’s where we are.”
The Knicks tied the game at 110-all with 17 seconds left in the game, but ultimately the foul called on Johnson with 2.2 seconds remaining was the final dagger as he hit both free throws to help the Nets hold on after blowing a 16-point lead.
The Knickerbockers will have another tough task Thursday night as they take on a red hot Bulls team at the Garden.