Although he avoided blaming a controversial call for his team’s loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Miami hit coach Eric Spielstra admitted he was “shocked” that the NBA Replay Center took three Miami points off the board in Sunday’s third quarter and said That would give the league a “case study”.
Hit guard Max Strauss threw a 3-pointer to the visiting Boston Celtics with 11:04 left in the third quarter of their 100-96 loss. This reduced the heat deficit to 56-54 at that time.
But less than three minutes after the game, the announcement came that the NBA Replay Center in New Jersey had overturned the basket because Strauss’s left foot was just touching the sidelines, knocking him out of bounds.
Spoelstra said after the game, “This happened, three to four, five minutes into the game. It changes the context of how you’re playing.” “We started to gain some momentum. You think it’s a seven-, eight-point game and you look and it’s a 13-point game, and it has no explanation other than going back to the league office.
“If you think this is the case, it should be done immediately and you can adjust accordingly.”
The longtime hit coach has suggested that the NBA would re-examine that decision during future league meetings.
“I’m sure they’ll look into it, and we’ll probably have a case study for that,” Spoilestra said. “I am just happy to be free. They’ll look at it at the next foul or break and look at it and notice it, but it was probably 10 minutes of real time – let someone check it out.
“I am not crying or crying. Come on, we’re beaten. These two competing teams are going for it. We had a crack in it at the end. Even as the game seemed uneven, we had cracks in it. Our boys never go, they don’t think we have a chance. “
Spoelstra insisted more than once that the call was “not the reason we lost”, crediting Boston for taking control quickly. But the momentum that the heat gained during the third quarter slowed down when their score had to be reduced by three.
“It was so unusual for us to get crushed and then start gaining some momentum, and then it was, oh, hey, anyway, take those 3 without any explanation,” Spoelstra said. “It simply came to our notice then. This is not the direction of the complaint. However, who knows if it would change anything. “
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