On Sixers fan appreciation night, the NBA officials showed their appreciation for the fans by screwing them and not in a good way.
In a play I've never seen happen before, a foul was called after play was determined to have been completed and confirmed via replay. Is there any other sport where an infraction is actually determined to have occurred via replay after the game was over? Regardless of whether this was the correct action, the execution of the whole matter was incredibly shady.
In any event, official Greg Willard called both teams out of the dressing room and had the Cavs' Devin Brown shoot two free throws for the win.
Regardless of whether or not the officials got it right, there was an unseemliness to the whole matter that doesn't sit right. Frankly, to cover their own asses, the officials could do that same thing at the end of every close game or close play at the end of the half. Why just pick this play and this game? Regardless of it's correctness relative to the rules, it reflects poorly on a league and a group of officials that just got over a scandal where one of it's official skewed the outcomes of games because of his gambling ties.
I'm not saying that that's what happened here. I'm just saying it doesn't look good.
It cost the Sixers any shot at the sixth seed in the Eastern conference and locked the Cavs into the fourth seed. This means the Sixers will open against the vaunted Detroit Pistons.