The Oklahoma City Thunder were robbed in their 97-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo went base line and apparently stepped out with no call by lead official Derrick Stafford.
An old fashion Russell Westbrook three with 4.6 seconds left put the Thunder equal with the Milwaukee Bucks for the first time all game long. However, Antetokounmpo’s dunk gave them the slight advantage that should’ve never happened.
“Obviously, he stepped out of bounds,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan said. “Everybody knows that. I did not get a chance to personally see the replay. I was trying to ask for a review.”
Officials said since there was no call, there was no ability to review the play. Had the officials said Antetokounmpo stepped out, only then could they review the play.
When asked, Stafford said this to the pool reporter:
“In any reviewable matter, there has to be a whistle called on the floor. There was no whistle blown for the play, so we couldn’t review it.”
Here’s how Paul George and other people around the NBA reacted to the bad call:
Wow?! No travel OR out of bounds huh? 🤔
— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) December 30, 2017
— Reggie Miller (@ReggieMillerTNT) December 30, 2017
— Brady Trantham (@BradyDoesSports) December 30, 2017
Again…. I no longer understand the replay/review process!! This is becoming RIDICULOUS…
— Antonio Daniels (@adaniels33) December 30, 2017
"Man Giannis was definitely not out of bounds. Did you see how he ended Russ life with that dunk?? RIP" pic.twitter.com/hccpVzYsYN
— Jahan (@H00PINATI) December 30, 2017
Don't worry OKC fans, the NBA's Last 2 Minute report will come out an say Giannis was out of bounds to help you guys feel better.
— Barry McCockiner 🅥 (@Sp0rtsTaIkJ0e) December 30, 2017
So the NBA just released the 2 minute report for the Bucks/Thunder game. Take a look: pic.twitter.com/ZOJqbq1RHW
— Shane Steinkraus (@ShaneTrain23) December 30, 2017
Wow! Giannis forces it in, but clearly stepped out of bounds. Should be in overtime here.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 30, 2017
The league wonders why players are so upset with the officials. NBA refs are the worst they have EVER been. How are you not watching Giannis’ feet when he is THAT close to the baseline?? Inexcusable @NBA
— Jonathon (@J_Andrews20) December 30, 2017
Giannis Outaboundstodunkpo pic.twitter.com/qkkSsWzS2g
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) December 30, 2017
That’s an all-time blown no-call by the Thunder/Bucks crew. What an unforgivably inept system in which a player steps out of bounds before scoring the winning basket with no avenue to correct the error. Stop wasting our time with this replay garbage then. Use it or don’t.
— John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) December 30, 2017
Whistles are not blown to determine if a player's foot was on the 3-pt line and those are reviewed all the time.
That's an absolutely awful explanation by refs in the Bucks-Thunder game.
— Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) December 30, 2017
Damn, the #NBA refs this year are about as bad as #collegekickers in the clutch moments so far this season. That was a bad, bad, no-call when Giannis was clearly out of bounds. #Thunder #Bucks I mean what's the point of using replay if you can't go back to replay that…. pic.twitter.com/P8NXbHgsLN
— The Many Tweets GOD (@ChanceWKGN) December 30, 2017
More horrible officiating. Bucks win it on a Giannis dunk even though he stepped out of bounds RIGHT in front of the ref. pic.twitter.com/8NIxYdZqPQ
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) December 30, 2017
Wow. They robbed Okc. Giannis clearly stepped out of bounds.
— Low Soul (@Loso_CHE) December 30, 2017
The #Thunder have been robbed .. Giannis stepped out of bounds .. complete miss from the refs.
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) December 30, 2017
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Giannis just Russell’d some feathers there
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) December 30, 2017