Block or a Charge? Reversed Call on Cavs in Final Minute Draws Fire in Eventual Game 1 Finals Loss

In a game that the Cavs seemed to have game one of the NBA Finals won, but not only a bonehead play by Cavs guard J.R. Smith, but also an overturned call by the officials that will life as one of the biggest calls against the Cavs in franchise history allowed the Warriors to escape game one with a 124-114 win.

The call came with :34 seconds left and the Cavs up 104-102, and Kevin Durant driving the lane trying to tie the game up.

LeBron James appeared to have position, and at first the officials called a charge on Durant, but after going to replay, it was determined that James was not in the restricted area, but his body was moving a little bit while Durant went up for his shot, thus a blocking foul.

To make that type of reversal in such a critical situation is sure to be a call that will live on for a long time, and as you would expect, there was plenty of opinion on Twitter about the call and its reversal.

About the Author

Matt Loede
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

1 Comment on "Block or a Charge? Reversed Call on Cavs in Final Minute Draws Fire in Eventual Game 1 Finals Loss"

  1. Regina Hughes | June 1, 2018 at 9:30 am | Reply

    The “CALL” should have go TO Cavs not AGAINST them!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*