Warriors excuse valid: NBA admits error on Kevin Durant ‘non-foul’ vs. Cavs

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Kevin Durant (Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr)

The NBA has spoken about the recent controversial non-call on Kevin Durant being fouled in the crucial play against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The league admitted the referee’s error on not calling a foul against Richard Jefferson, who tripped the Golden State Warriors superstar in the play that decided the Christmas Day game.

Durant insisted post-game that the Cavs veteran tripped him in the play that would have given the Warriors the lead and the win.

“I would’ve made that shot if he didn’t trip me up…But they ain’t calling it on him at their crib. It’s not his fault. It’s not the refs fault, either,” Durant said via The Undefeated.

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Durant livid after the loss

“I fell. And I didn’t fall on my own,” Durant said in an interview after the Warriors’ fourth straight loss to their NBA Finals rivals.

NBA fans accused the Warriors of making excuses for another loss to LeBron James’ team. But with the NBA speaking about about the “non-foul” on Durant, it appears Golden State has a reason to be pissed on the refs on this one.

Months after blowing a 3-1 lead to the same Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals, the Warriors collapsed again in their first meeting this season. Golden State had a 14-point lead earlier in the game but couldn’t deliver the road victory against their heated rivals.

Did Jefferson intentionally trip Durant here?


Video Courtesy: YouTube/Ximo Pierto

From the replays of the video it looks like Jefferson stuck his feet out and stepped on Durant’s left foot, which caused him to trip. No call from the refs and the Cavs got the Christmas Day gift.

Durant had 36 points and 15 rebounds in the Warriors’ 109-108 loss on Christmas. Kyrie Irving made the tough game-winner in the comeback victory for the Cavs.

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Watch the Warriors vs. Cavaliers highlights on Christmas here:


Video Courtesy: YouTube/Ximo Pierto

Kevin Durant and the Warriors have a chance to make up for this sorry loss when LeBron James and the Cavs visit Golden State on Jan. 16.

Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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