The effort of the Los Angeles Lakers this season has had it’s fair share of ups and downs, with more of it being the latter. However, Tuesday night against the Dallas Mavericks was one of the team’s best games of the season. Unfortunately, it resulted in a 92-90 home loss, courtesy of Dirk Nowitzki’s jumper with 2.1 seconds to play and a very controversial offensive foul called on Lou Williams.
On the play, Williams scored and thought he was going to the line for a three-point play to put the Lakers up by as many points. Instead, he was called for an offensive foul after J.J. Barea grabbed Lou’s left arm and pulled it towards him before flailing to sell an offensive foul. The official that called the foul was behind the play, so it was tough to see if he had a good angle.
Despite the call possibly costing the Lakers their tenth victory of the season, it did help the team in regards to their top-three protected draft pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Philadelphia 76ers beat the Phoenix Suns to get their seventh win of the year, putting them just two behind Los Angeles. All of a sudden, the Lakers having the highest lottery odds possible doesn’t seem too far-fetched.
Gary and Honi sit down to discuss the game, the call, and a regular topic on the podcast: Byron Scott.