Spurs guard Manu Ginobili should have been whistled for delay of game for stepping on the sideline during the game’s final inbounds play, and Thunder guard Dion Waiters should have been called for an offensive foul for crossing the out-of-bounds plane and hitting Ginobili with his elbow, the league said Tuesday in its Last Two Minute Report.
Finally, after the Spurs stole the inbound pass and made a final effort to hit a game-winning shot, a shooting foul should have been called on Thunder forward Serge Ibaka for grabbing and holding the jersey of LaMarcus Aldridge with 2.6 seconds left.
Lead referee Ken Mauer acknowledged the missed offensive foul by Waiters after the game.
“On the floor, we did not see a foul on the play,” lead referee Ken Mauer told a pool reporter. “However, upon review we realize and we agree we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It’s a play we’ve never seen before, ever. We should have had an offensive foul on the play.”
The National Basketball Referees Association also tweeted Tuesday that the play would be used in training moving forward.
The NBA listed three other missed infractions by the Spurs that occurred prior to the final-play scramble.
The Thunder won Game 2, 98-97, to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1.