Bulls lose: Refs got it right

Nate Robinson led the Bulls in scoring with a season-high of 34, but the Denver defeated Chicago 119-118 in overtime.

Nate Robinson led the Bulls in scoring with a season-high of 34, but the Denver defeated Chicago 119-118 in overtime.

Tom Thibodeau shot onto the court like a rocket after the referees determined that Joakim Noah interfered  with a Marco Belinelli fade away jumper. The basket was waved off and the Bulls lost 119-118 to the Denver Nuggets in overtime.

In the time that Thibodeau has been the coach of the Bulls I have never seen him as furious as he was last night after what seemed to be the go-ahead shot made by Noah who touched the ball while it was still over the basket. It was ruled offensive goaltending and the Nuggets were given possession.

“If we deem the ball in its descent has a chance to score, and therefore it’s in the cylinder, it’s either offensive basket interference or it’s goaltending, that’s it,” referee Ken Mauer said to a pool of reporters after the game.

The loss marked Chicago’s seventh in the last 11 games and with the win Denver continued its winning-streak to 12.

Noah, who was called for the basket interference was none to happy after the game.

“That’s what is frustrating,” Noah said to reporters. “How are you going to review that one, but you can’t review the one two plays before it. … I just know the refs are doing the best they can in those situations, but it cost us the game today, it’s disappointing.”

I’ll admit when I first saw the play I thought the Bulls were going to walk out of the United Center with a win, but after seeing the first replay I had a good feeling it was going to reversed.

Was I upset when the referees finally switched the call? Yes and no. I was upset because I knew the Bulls were going to lose, but at the same time I always harp on officials getting the call correct even if they have to review it and the system worked. The referees came together, watched replays and made the right call.

Oh well.

And now here’s Denver’s Javale McGee over Noah.

Photo courtesy of Bill Smith via Chicago Bulls Facebook.

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