NBA admits mistake in playoff game

Posted by Unknown on Saturday, May 12, 2012 with No comments
The NBA has admitted that a critical call at the end of game 6 in the series between the Hawks and Celtics was the wrong call.  Watching the game last evening, I could tell that the call was wrong and it's possible that the call could have cost the Hawks a chance at winning the series.  The NBA's statement is below.

During the last two minutes of the fourth period or overtime, if a personal foul is assessed against the defensive team prior to the ball being released on a throw-in, it is considered an Away-From-The-Play Foul and the offensive team is awarded one free throw and possession of the ball. With 3.1 seconds remaining in the the Boston-Atlanta game last night, a foul was called on the Celtics’ Marquis Daniels after the Hawks’ Marvin Williams had released the ball and therefore the foul was correctly treated as a common foul and not an Away-From-the-Play foul. With that said, however, the replay shows that the foul on Daniels should have been called sooner than it was by the officials, in which case it would have met the requirements of an Away-From-The-Play Foul.