NBA Notes: 5 Incorrect Non-calls at End of Spurs-Thunder Game

[CSNPhily] NBA Notes: 5 incorrect non-calls at end of Spurs-Thunder game
The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NBA said Tuesday there were five incorrect non-calls on the wild final sequence in San Antonio, including a foul on Oklahoma City's Dion Waiters that referees earlier had already acknowledged they missed.

The league agreed with the refs that Waiters should've been whistled for knocking Manu Ginobili back with his elbow to create space to throw an inbounds pass, but also ruled in its Last 2 Minute report that Ginobili first committed a delay-of-game violation by stepping on the sideline as he was defending.

The inbounds play began a frenzied final 13.5 seconds in the Thunder's 98-97 victory over San Antonio on Monday in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Spurs ended up stealing Waiters' pass to Kevin Durant to start a fast break but couldn't score, leaving the Western Conference semifinal tied at 1-1.

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Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief, said after the game that upon seeing a review of the play, there should have been an offensive foul on Waiters (see full story).

Heat: Bosh travels to Toronto for Game 1
TORONTO -- Miami forward Chris Bosh is in Toronto for the Heat's opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Raptors but remains on the inactive list.

Bosh has expressed a desire to return to action after missing the final 29 games of the regular season and Miami's first-round victory over Charlotte. The 11-time All-Star has not played since a blood clot was found in his left calf during February's All-Star break in Toronto. It's the second consecutive year Bosh's regular season has ended because of a clot detected over All-Star weekend.

Bosh did not travel to Canada with the rest of the team. The Heat have not offered a reason for Bosh's continued absence.

Bosh attended all three of Miami's games in Charlotte during the opening round.

Warriors: Varejao says tripping not intentional
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State backup big man Anderson Varejao insists he didn't deliberately trip Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal playoff series.

Yet after watching the replay, he understands it sure looked like he did it on purpose -- which is what Henderson thought. Varejao said it looked worse than it was.

"When I looked at the play, I was like, `Oh, it looked like I was trying to do that,'" he said. "How can I try to do something like that? I'm going down and my foot got stuck. That's all."

Portland coach Terry Stotts on Monday called it a "dirty play." Then Tuesday, the NBA ruled it a Flagrant 1 foul on Varejao.

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