NBA VP: Russell Westbrook travel vs. Warriors missed by refs
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook should have been called for a travel at the end of Oklahoma City’s Game 1 win over the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said after the game, according to ESPN.
Westbrook dragged his pivot foot as he called for a timeout with 17.2 seconds left in the game, which Borgia said should have been identified as a travel violation.
“The officials, no one could get in a good position to see him drag that pivot foot,” Borgia said. “It’s an unfortunate miss, but so much going on in the play, the speed of it, and officiating is about getting angles and sometimes you just can’t get them, and they did not get a great angle on that play.”
The Thunder went on to win the first game of the Western Conference Finals, 108–102. Westbrook led Oklahoma City with 27 points, 12 assists and seven steals.
Game 2 will be held on Wednesday at Oracle Arena at 9 p.m. ET.