On Thursday, the Denver Nuggets filed with the NBA an official protest over their loss of one-point to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in the week.
The filing came in response to NBA acknowledging in its post-mortem Last Two Minutes report that both the on-site referees as well as the officials in charge of replay at the Replay Center for the NBA located in Secaucus, New Jersey, made the incorrect call, which played a huge role in the unfolding of the last play in the game.
That play began when Denver was in possession of the ball and was leading by one-point with only 4.7 seconds left on the fourth quarter clock.
Mike Miller from the Nuggets tried to inbound the ball to Nikola Jokic, but the pass was high and went of the fingertips of his teammate and eventually was pickup up by the Grizzlies’ Mike Conley.
The point guard for Memphis dribbled into his frontcourt looking for a layup in transition that would have given the Grizzlies a lead. However, he lost possession of the ball as it went out of bounds near the basket with under one second left on the clock.
The referees gave possession of the ball back to Memphis after believing Denver guard Emmanuel Mudiay touched if after Conley and before it went out of bounds.
The decision was then given to the Replay Center where officials reviewed it and confirmed the referees’ call, which gave the ball back to Memphis with 0.7 second left, down by one and under the basket.
An inbound pass to Marc Gasol from Vince Carter resulted in Memphis scoring as time ran out and giving them a one-point victory.
Following the game, the league said it saw another view of the play in question and Mudiay did not touch the ball before it was lost out of bounds by Conley and possession should have gone to Denver.
That means Memphis should not have been given the ball and a chance to win, but that is what happened. Denver should have been given the ball to inbound it and run the 0.7 seconds off the clock for a one-point win.
The league has not responded to the protest. The two teams could in fact replay the final 0.7 seconds but that is likely not to happen, even though Miami and Atlanta replayed the last 51.8 seconds of their disputed contest back in the 2007-2009 NBA season.