Lakers Prevail Despite Unacceptable Non-Call

May 8th, 2010 by Harrison Moore Leave a reply »

I literally couldn’t believe my eyes.

In the 1 minute span of time between the actual play, my yelling at the screen and the replay, I was spending every ounce of energy I had trying to rationalize what had transpired. Then when the replay flashed across my screen, I grew even more disgusted.

With under 10 seconds on the clock and the Lakers inbounding the ball, clinging to a 1 point lead, Ron Artest aimed a pass within arm’s reach of Derek Fisher. The defender, Wesley Matthews didn’t just reach around Fisher. Matthews didn’t get accidentally tangled with Fisher, tripping him up as an unintended consequence.

Matthews tackled him.

In a defensive sequence that wouldn't even be allowed in the NFL, Matthews wrapped his arm all the way around Fisher’s waist prior to the start of the play and pulled him down to the hardwood as the ball sailed in t ...

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