MIAMI – The Miami Heat did not need the league’s Last Two Minute report to know Washington’s Markieff Morris took more than five seconds to inbound the ball with 12.2 second remaining in overtime Tuesday.
That play, along with two others the referees missed that went in Washington’s favor, were crucial in the Wizards’ 117-113 victory.
Spoelstra said the Heat timed inbounds pass and Morris took more than six seconds to release the ball. The Heat trailed by one point at the time and were forced to foul when Morris finally inbounded the ball.
“It’s just disappointing that it’s that far off,” Spoelstra said. “If it was five and a tenth of a second, OK, that’s human error. But it was over a full second off. That’s disappointing. The explanation after the fact is disappointing.
“That doesn’t mean we were going to win the game. That didn’t decide the game, but there were a couple of big plays down the stretch that could have changed certainly the momentum and complexion of the game.”
Tomas Satoransky received pass in and was fouled by Goran Dragic. Satoransky made one of two free throws, giving the Wizards a two-point lead.
Dwyane Wade then missed a two-foot floater but Kelly Olynyk gathered the rebound and had a putback at the rim with 4.8 seconds remaining with a chance to tie the game. He missed the shot with Morris all over him. No call was made.
The league deemed Olynyk was fouled and should have had two free throws.
“Morris makes contact to Olynyk’s right elbow and affects his putback shot attempt,” the report stated.
The Heat were forced to foul again and Kelly Oubre Jr. made both free throws with 1.8 seconds to play to seal the game.
An incorrect call with 1:36 to play also went against the Heat when Josh Richardson was whistled for a foul in lane when he slapped the ball from Morris. The report stated, ‘Richardson maintains a legal guarding position and cleanly dislodges the ball from Morris.’
The Heat would have had possession had a foul not been called.
Morris made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Wizards a one point lead.
Spoelstra has moved on and is trying to take the positive out of the game.
“We’re in these situations and we’re getting better from them,” he said. “They’re just making us tougher, more resilient, more confident, more comfortable in these late-game situations. I love it. I love where we’re going with it. We will get over this hump. We will get that breakthrough. But the resiliency that’s coming out of it and that’s always research shows the number one factor in all sustained improvement is your ability to develop resiliency and our guys are doing that together.”