Kevin Durant defends the referees after the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” revealed that Richard Jefferson should have been called for a foul on the final play of Warriors-Cavaliers Christmas matchup.
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers faced each other for the first time this season on Christmas day. As expected, the game showed a different kind of intensity than a usual regular season game. The Warriors dominated in the first three-quarters and managed to stretch the lead to 14 in the fourth.
However, the Cavaliers managed to cut down the lead, resulting in a close match between the two rival teams. With 13.5 seconds remaining in the game, Kyrie Irving held the ball for the Cavaliers with the Warriors leading by one point. Irving drove into the basket and successfully knocked down a two-pointer.
The Warriors were still hoping to overturn the outcome of the game with 3.4 seconds left. Andre Iguodala inbounded the ball to Kevin Durant, who got a screen from Draymond Green. Richard Jefferson was tasked to defend Durant and succeeded to stop him from making the final shot.
However, on the final play of the game, some people noticed that Jefferson extended his foot, resulting for Durant to lose his balance. According to NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report”, Richard Jefferson did foul Kevin Durant on the final play of the game.
STEVE KERR, KEVIN DURANT DEFEND THE REFEREES
KD told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he could’ve made the shot if Jefferson didn’t trip him up. However, the 28-year-old forward admitted that people should stop blaming Jefferson or the referees for their own mess.
“I think it’s bulls— and they should get rid of it. The refs didn’t lose us that game. We lost that game, we could have been better,” Durant said. “I think it’s bulls— that the NBA threw the refs under the bus like that.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr agreed with Durant’s statement, saying that their poor performance in the fourth quarter cost them the game.
“The officials didn’t decide that game,” he said. “We had a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. It was our mistakes that I’m more concerned about.”
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