Game 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit ended in controversial fashion on Sunday night, with almost everyone inside The Palace of Auburn Hills thinking Kyrie Irving fouled Reggie Jackson on his final shot attempt of the season.
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The Cavs fans in the arena along with the team, of course, didn’t think it. Only two people knew right away exactly what happened on that play: Kyrie Irving and Reggie Jackson. After the play, Jackson went and complained to the official while his teammates looked on in disbelief and Pistons fans were irate.
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The NBA revealed it’s “Last Two-Minute Report” from last night’s Cavs-Pistons Game 4, which stated and confirmed what everyone knew after watching the under-the-basket replay: Irving did not foul Jackson on the final shot.
At 5.0 seconds: Irving makes incidental contact with Jackson that does not affect his RSBQ (Rhythm, Speed, Balance, Quickness).
At 2.9 seconds: Irving maintains legal guarding position and makes incidental contact with Jackson that does not affect his RSBQ.
At 1.5 seconds: Irving maintains legal guarding position and makes no contact with Jackson as he initially reaches in for the steal. Jackson then initiates contact with Irving as he jumps sideways on his shot attempt.
The NBA did announce, however, that Jackson fouled Irving during the Cavs final possession of the game with 17.7 seconds left on the clock. That would would have put Irving at the line for two free throws and a chance to put Cleveland up four points.