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NBA Officiating: Oh, Hey, Sorry About That, Bulls

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Oh, sure … NOW YOU SAY SOMETHING.

Do you remember the way last night’s game against the Warriors ended? Of course you do. It was the first game of the year during which the Bulls had an actual chance to win at the start of the fourth quarter. But in case you missed the ending (or blocked it out entirely), the Warriors did this just after Zach LaVine gave the Bulls a (very) late, one-point lead:

Ball game.

Except … it actually shouldn’t have been. At least, according to the NBA’s last two minute report:

NOT ONLY should there have been a five-seond violation, Kevon Looney *also* committed an offensive foul setting a screen on Coby White, which you can see pretty clearly in this longer video of the final play:

I mean, come on! Looney basically body-slammed White to the ground.

You hate to blame the refs – and maybe the Bulls shouldn’t have let it get that close ANYWAY – but when there are TWO different ways the other team should’ve blown it but got away with it, it’s tough to stomach. Especially considering how blatantly obvious both calls were (how do you miss a five-second violation … come on). This is all made worse by the fact that the next two weeks on the Bulls schedule look TOUGH. This might’ve been their best chance for an early win and it was taken from them. Twice.

Sigh. What are you gonna do?



Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami