James Claims Foot Was Behind the Line
In a fiery postgame press conference, LeBron James voiced his frustration over a controversial call that took place during the game. James, who scored 26 points and was celebrating his 39th birthday, argued that his foot was clearly behind the 3-point line when he made the shot. He emphasized the visible space between the front of his foot and the line, stating, “You can clearly see a white, the wood on the floor, there’s a space in between the front of my foot and the 3-point line. So, you know, Stevie Wonder can see that, champ.”
Replay Officials in the Crosshairs
James directed his frustration towards the replay officials based in Secaucus, New Jersey. He criticized their decision-making process, suggesting that they were not fully engaged in their duties. James sarcastically remarked, “The Secaucus, whatever, over there in the replay center or whatever, somebody over there eating a ham sandwich or somebody made the call.”
Disagreement Over Call Review
The official ruling on the court was a 2-point field goal, and after reviewing the play, the replay officials determined that there was not enough clear and conclusive evidence to overturn the call. Tony Brothers, the official responsible for the pool report, explained, “After video review, there wasn’t clear and conclusive evidence to overturn it from a 2 to a 3, and that’s why it stood as a 2-point field goal.”
Questioning the Purpose of Replay
LeBron James expressed his frustration with the entire replay system, questioning its purpose if even the replays themselves can result in incorrect decisions. He exclaimed, “What do we have replay for if even the replay gets it wrong? It’s like, who’s the part of the replay center? Like, do we got robots in there that’s making the Teslas? What’s going on? If you don’t see that, that is clear, that is clear.”
Despite the controversy, James’ performance and impact on the game cannot be understated. He led the team with 26 points, including 10 crucial points in the fourth quarter.
Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns was the top scorer for his team, contributing 31 points on 10-of-23 shooting. Naz Reid also made a significant impact off the bench with 21 points and five rebounds.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.