Well, there you have it. The NBA acknowledged that they made a mistake in the game between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs on December 3, but they don’t plan to do anything about it. Here’s the full explanation by the NBA.
We’ve been over the particulars of this case, both here and here, so I’m not going to get into everything, because you know how Rockets fans usually get gaslighted anytime they complain, so I’ll simply direct you there if you are unfamiliar with these details.
But basically, the NBA is saying: We can literally take away legitimate baskets as long as they don’t happen during the closing moments of close games. The league happily changes three-point shots to twos and two-point shots to three on a routine basis. There’s no reason for something like this to go un-remedied.
Hopefully, the NBA takes some action to ensure something like this doesn’t happen in the future, but I don’t have that faith based upon this press release.
And if you go anywhere on social media, this pretty much sums it up:
Finally, if you don’t think there’s a media bias against the Rockets, explain the glee with which media members are responding to the decision.— The Dream Shake (@DreamShakeSBN) December 9, 2019
The officials are supposedly being reprimanded, but what exactly that means in the bigger picture is anyone’s guess.
The three officials working that game were disciplined for misapplying the coach's challenge rule. https://t.co/02rYHDSx6J— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) December 9, 2019
It’s baffling to me that everyone wouldn’t want correctly and properly officiated contests, but when the Rockets are involved, all bets are off. Anyway, that should be it now for the Hong Kong snafu, right?