NBA players often jump up in front of the rim and grab an opponent's shot that's headed for the basket when the play is dead. Russell Westbrook did it to the Denver Nuggets mascot twice on Jan. 20.
This is done so the opposing player doesn't get the satisfaction of seeing ball go through the hoop.
Kevin Durant potentially could have cost the Thunder the series opener Sunday when he snared Marc Gasol's 3-point attempt in front of the rim as the final buzzer sounded in OKC's 93-91 victory at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Gasol's attempt came after time had expired, but not by much. In fact, game officials reviewed the play to confirm their final ruling of the game.
Had Gasol gotten the shot off in time, Durant could have been called for goaltending. If such was the case, Gasol would have been awarded a 3-pointer and OKC would have lost 94-93.
WHAT'S SO FUNNY?
Near the end of the first quarter, Thunder coach Scott Brooks said something to referee Bill Kennedy and he was about to blow his whistle for a timeout.
Whatever Brooks said made Kennedy stop dead in his tracks and laugh so hard he had to remove the whistle from his mouth before finally blowing it. During the timeout, Kennedy walked over to partners Scott Foster and John Goble, who also laughed.
What did Brooks say?
“I have no idea,” Brooks said, not recalling the incident.
The remaining schedule in this best-of-7 series was revealed Sunday night:
Game 2 – Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., Chesapeake Energy Arena on TNT
Game 3 – Saturday at 4 p.m., FedExForum on ESPN
Game 4 – Monday at 8:30 p.m., FedExForum on TNT
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