An NBA Playoffs series isn’t going to be complete without fans getting all riled up over a perceived blunder by the game officials. Such was the case in Game 2 of the Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks second-round series Tuesday night when the refs seemed to have blown a call in a particularly crucial moment in the fourth quarter.
The refs claimed this ball did NOT hit rim and called a shotclock violation on a CRUCIAL sequence that may have cost the Heat 2 points pic.twitter.com/E5l6deUop1
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 3, 2023
With the Knicks up by three points, Heat guard Gabe Vincent launched a long two-point attempt that grazed the front of the rim just before the shot-clock expired on Miami. However, the Heat were instead called for a shot-clock violation.
“Yo that’s crazy Heat got hoe’d, that ball hit the rim that’s 2 points missed,” tweeted @big_business_. The Heat could have easily scored two points off what would have been an easy follow-up by a Miami player who was wide open under the basket.
“The no call on the missed shot that hit the rim really killed the Heat’s chances,” said @WillManso. “Sucks. Just a brutal mistake by officials. But you take the split and go home. Hope for a healthy Jimmy. Took every ounce of energy from Knicks to beat a Butler-less Heat.”
@ATS22190 had a fiery NSFW reaction: “that’s so fucked up!!!! @NBAOfficial get your stuff together! It hit the rim and Heat got robbed of a layup. #NBA.”
There’s no way in hell the refs didn’t see that ball touch the rim.
— The Common Sense HEAT Fan (@TheMadHEATFan) May 3, 2023
Strus “out of bounds”
A 24 second shot clock violation when it hits the rim.
Next year they are going to just take away made baskets from the Heat
— Major Passons (@Major_Passons) May 3, 2023
The Knicks would eventually come up with a 111-105 win to tie the series up at 1-1.
Miami will look to get the series lead back on Saturday when it takes its turn to host the Knicks.
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