Nick Young knocked down a game-winning three-pointer against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. The pass was not even intended for him but for Lou Williams. “Swaggy P” proudly stole the ball and released a great shot.
However, reports claimed that Young’s shot shouldn’t have counted. According to Erik Horne of The Oklahoman, the league informed the Thunder that Nick Young committed a traveling violation before his game-winning three-pointer. After stealing the pass, the 31-year-old shooting guard took four steps before letting the ball fly.
Normally, the league would release a Last Two Minute Report for games that are within five points at the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter. However, since the Lakers led by six with two minutes left, the NBA didn’t provide. Still, they reviewed the game-deciding play and informed the Thunder that the officials messed up.
Thunder Billy Donovan complained after the game in which the NBA agrees. Russell Westbrook tried to overturn the outcome of the game by hitting his own shot with 2.9 seconds remaining. However, it didn’t come in and the Thunder lost by just two points.
Donovan blamed himself for not telling Victor Oladipo to clear out space for Westbrook. Before Westbrook hit the shot, three Lakers were guarding him. If Oladipo positioned himself, the Lakers’ defense would be divided that could give Westbrook an easier shot.
“I didn’t do a good enough job of telling Victor to get out of there,” Donovan said. “If Victor would have cleared out it would have given Russell space to go either way. The way Nick Young was forcing him, he forced him into Victor. Victor probably instinctively probably should have created some space on a back cut.
However, the Thunder’s sluggish start also had a huge effect in their Tuesday loss. As of now, the only thing they can do is improve their performance to rise to the top of the Western Conference.
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