Ignore for a moment that the Bulls could have done a million things differently to win this game. Up by two points with the ball and little time left, Derrick Rose drove the lane, Courtney Lee grabbed his arm and yanked causing the ball to fly out of bounds. Nets ball.
The call was excruciatingly bad in that there was such a clear angle of it, and we had to watch the replay over and over again as the refs had to watch it to see who to give the ball to.
This came after Lee previously bumped Rose to force a turnover on the previous possession. Right after Devin Harris got a complete phantom foul. Following this play Brook Lopez was sent to the line on contact less than Rose had just absorbed to tie the game.
In second OT, the Nets continued to get all the calls. Brad Miller called for a dicey over the back, Yi getting a weak charge, and the Nets go on to win.
Will the NBA send the Bulls an apology? They owe them one. This game was clearly stolen from them. A game that may determine the final playoff spot. Taken, indisputably, by the refs.
All that said, it's disappointing the Bulls made the game this close. Derrick Rose turned into Mr. Anti-clutch down the stretch of this game or else the Bulls would have won. He missed a critical shot near the end of regulation [though Noah tipped it in], then he split his FTs when the Nets intentionally fouled.
In the first OT, he had two turnovers [though he was fouled on both, there's no way he should have lost the ball on the first one], and then missed the game winning attempt at the buzzer. What made that one worse was that he didn't even try to drive the lane 25 seconds after the refs had to watch a replay 10 times of them screwing him over, a call they couldn't change, but could make up.
In the second OT, Rose couldn't get anything going offensively, missed a shot and then fouled out.
I don't know if Joakim Noah is just on a minute limit, but why he didn't play down the stretch over Taj Gibson is beyond me otherwise. If there was a minute limit, part of me still thinks, you're in a must win game in OT. It's time to let him play an extra two to three minutes don't you thinhk? Especially when he was one of your best players all game.
As for the results? Well, the Bulls still control their own destiny, but it's a weaker control than the Raptors have. If the Bulls beat the Raptors their magic number is two with two to play. If the Raptors win, their magic number is only one with two to play.
Can the Bulls hang on to the playoffs? Hard to say. However bad you feel about the Bulls right now, imagine how bad you'd feel if you were a Raptors fan about your team.