Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt attempted to call a timeout in the closing seconds of Sunday's 86-84 Game 4 win against the Chicago Bulls despite the fact he had none remaining.
"I almost blew it," Blatt told reporters after the game.
Blatt could have been called for a technical foul. Instead, the Cavaliers went down to the other end of the floor and LeBron James won the game at the buzzer with a fadeaway jumper. James overruled Blatt's original play call, which had him inbounding the ball from under the basket.
After Bulls guard Derrick Rose made a layup with 9.4 seconds left, Blatt took a step onto the court and signaled for a timeout. Assistant coach Tyronn Lue pulled Blatt back toward the bench when he saw the head coach's mistake.
"It was huge honestly ... That's why we're a unit, we're a team ... Players make mistakes, coaches make mistakes," James said about Lue pulling back Blatt. Game 5 is Tuesday night in Cleveland.
- Dan Gartland