The Miami Heat eeked out a 100-96 victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals over the Oklahoma City Thunder with a little help from the NBA Officiating crew. More than a few blown calls went against the Thunder and, who could blame the NBA? Would you rather have Miami, the NBA’s 6th largest market win the finals or OKC, the leagues 24th largest market?
The calls in question were many but most fans at Chesapeake Arena will remember LeBron James’ forearm in the gut of Kevin Durant as he went up to take a game winning shot. No call ensued and the fans (along with Center Kendrick Perkins) went crazy.
Neither Durant or his coach Scott Brooks would feed into the idea…well kinda
“That’s one play,” Brooks said. “We have so many other plays that we could have done better to put us in a position to stay closer in the game.” He then added the following: “It was a play; he didn’t get the call.”
Durant also refused to call out the referees when asked about the shot and the no-call.
“I think I shot a good shot,” Durant said. “I just missed.”
“I really couldn’t tell you (If I missed the shot). I’ve got to watch the film, I guess.”
The series now moves to Miami for games 3, 4 & 5 with game 3 taking place Sunday night at 8 p.m. Eastern.