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Refs blew more than just one call late in Knicks-Pistons game

Pistons coach Monty Williams called the referee “abhorrent” Monday night after he admitted to making a key call late in his last-place team’s last-minute loss to the Knicks.

The NBA acknowledged two other missed calls in that game, both of which turned out to be whistles against Detroit.

According to the league’s Last 2 Minutes (L2M) report, in addition to revocations for uncalled fouls on Donte DiVincenzo vs. Author Thompson with 8.2 seconds left, Pistons center Jalen Duren in the final minutes of the play. However, two violations should have been declared. Knicks winning sequence.


The referees should have given two calls against Jalen Duren for trying to move Isaiah Hartenstein late in the Knicks’ win over the Pistons, but they didn’t. AP

Duren should have been called for a loose ball foul on Isaiah Hartenstein with 58 seconds left, and Detroit’s center should have been hit with a 3-second violation 33 seconds later.

“That’s what it’s all about. That’s part of the league. Not every call is right,” Tom Thibodeau said before Tuesday’s 115-92 loss to the Pelicans. “What I like about the league is all the transparency, his two-minute report at the end. Not every call is perfect.

“I said this [Monday] It was a long, physical night either way…I’m just looking for consistency. As long as both teams are called the same, I have nothing to complain about. ”


Alec Burks’ shooting slump continued, hitting 1 of 7 from the floor and missing both 3-pointers. The veteran guard, acquired from the Pistons at the trade deadline, is shooting just 31.4 percent from the floor and 32.4 percent from long range in seven games with the Knicks.


Thibodeau said OG Anunoby has not yet resumed shooting after undergoing elbow surgery earlier this month. Anunoby, Julius Randle (dislocated right shoulder) and Mitchell Robinson (December ankle surgery) are still awaiting contact clearance…CJ McCollum (ankle) was absent for New Orleans.

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