I don't stray from the Bulls too frequently, but this issue forces me to, because no one else seems to want to talk about it.
All over the internet people are getting on Courtney Lee. Comparing his miss to Nick Anderson's choke. First, let's look at where he's shooting this "lay up" from. His whole body is behind the backboard when he's releasing the ball. That's not an easy shot folks. Especially when you catch it in midair and the pass is behind you.
However, let's get past the fact that Lee missed the shot and move on to the fact that Pau Gasol's great help defense, which has been commented on several times, was in fact a goal tend. This isn't the land of subjective as is the case with most blown calls. This is objective. He clearly hits the rim he clearly comes up through the net. It's a goal tend. There's no doubt. There's no questioning it. It is a goal tend.
Courtney Lee may have just had his most memorable moment in his career. Blowing a chance for his team to win a game in the NBA finals, and the worst thing about that moment is that it's the NBA refs who've blown it for the Magic. No one is discussing it. No where in the articles about the topic does the issue even come up except as a foot note saying that Orlando wanted a goal tend called. All of the discussion is about how the Lakers have improved or are closing the door, or close games better. Blah Blah Blah.
The closed this game better because the refs missed a call. Not a subjective one. Not a "this team got more benefit of the doubt than that team" one. An objective call. If a guy's foot was on the three point line they'd review it and see that objectively it was or wasn't. Pau's hand was in the rim, moving the net, touching the rim while the ball was on the backboard.
Did that effect the shot? Probably not, but we'll never know. However it was a goal tend. That much we do know. It's not subject to debate. It's not the Rajon Rondo flagrant foul that may have cost the Bulls the series. The Magic did win this game. They won it, but it just wasn't called that way.
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As pointed out in the comment section below, I've learned something new, it's not a goaltending call merely to touch the rim, but the touching needs to alter the path of the ball. That didn't appear to happen in this case.
So, apparently, we can fairly crucify Courtney Lee now. Just kidding, I love Courtney Lee and feel quite bad for him. He's a great kid whom I met down at Orlando Summer League covering the Bulls last year. I think he carried the right attitude when asked about it and saying "me missing the shot didn't cause us to lose the game" or something to that effect.