Report also deemed this to be a legal play
— NBA Ref Stats (@NBARefStats) March 30, 2019
If you thought the end of the Warriors-Wolves game on Friday was bizarre, the league’s explanation was arguably more head-scratching.
The league ruled that two questionable calls — one that eliminated a Kevin Durant four-point play opportunity, and a foul on Durant for grabbing Karl-Anthony Towns that essentially ended the game — were made correctly. What’s more, the league determined that a non-call on Wolves’ rookie Josh Okogie, in which he appeared to slap the ankle of Stephen Curry while he was shooting a jumper, was not a foul, due to something called “hot-stove contact.”
According to the report, Okogie “makes marginal ‘hot-stove’ contact with Curry’s leg after the release of his jump shot attempt and does not affect his ability to land safely.”
Steph doing everything he can to keep the Dubs in the game pic.twitter.com/GQYNcyJWwJ
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 30, 2019
Before Sunday’s contest vs. the Hornets, Steve Kerr was asked about the ruling.
“I’m still trying to learn the definition of a ‘hot-stove’ call,” Kerr said. “As soon as somebody tells me what that means, maybe I’ll comment on it.”
Curry, who like many of his teammates was highly critical of the officiating Friday, continued his trolling by showing up to the arena with an oven mitt.
home sweet home pic.twitter.com/q4SgSsjs8Q
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 31, 2019