Posted December 13, 2012

Knicks’ Kidd hits game-winning three on controversial no-call to top Nets

Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd, New York Knicks

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By Ben Golliver

Did Jason Kidd get away with one in helping push the Knicks to a big victory over the crosstown Nets?

Kidd buried a tiebreaking three-pointer with less than 30 seconds remaining to provide the winning margin as the Knicks defeated the Nets 100-97 at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

After receiving a drive-and-kick pass from Raymond Felton, Kidd stepped in to shoot from the left angle as Brooklyn’s Jerry Stackhouse closed out to contest. Stackhouse jumped past Kidd but Kidd’s right leg stuck out into his path, causing the contact, and then Kidd fell to the ground. Kidd was awarded a free throw, which he missed, and the Nets missed multiple three-pointers that would have tied the game.

ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy immediately protested Kidd’s action on the broadcast, noting that the leg kick is a point of emphasis this season. What does that mean? The NBA reportedly instituted the “Reggie Miller Rule” to crack down on shooters trying to draw defensive fouls during the jump-shot motion. If the referees determined that Kidd had caused the contact with his leg kick, he could have earned an offensive foul on the play, negating the basket and awarding the ball to the Nets.

“I thought that should have been an offensive foul,” Van Gundy argued. “I think Kidd kicked out his right leg. That was a point of emphasis if he did that.”

If the play had been deemed an offensive foul, the Nets would have had the ball with the game tied at 97-97 with 24.1 seconds remaining. Brooklyn could have held for the last shot; if unsuccessful, it could have lived to fight another day in overtime.

This play could also potentially fall under the jurisdiction of the NBA’s new anti-flopping policy, which singled out Heat guard Dwyane Wade for using a leg kick and falling to the ground in its official introductory video.

The video’s narrator explained Wade’s infraction: “After releasing the jump shot, the shooter, No. 3 in the white uniform, extends his right leg attempting to draw a defensive foul. While there is marginal contact on the play, the flail and spin to the floor by the offensive player is an over-embellishment and it’s inconsistent with marginal contact.”

Kidd, like Wade, stumbled to the ground after the contact and it could theoretically be determined that he “over-embellished” the contact with Stackhouse, drawing a flopping violation.

Last week, Clippers guard Chauncey Billups was assessed a flopping warning on a similar late-game three-pointer, when he drew three free throws after initiating contact with Mo Williams during his shot’s follow-through.

Of course, the Knicks’ win isn’t going anywhere. The worst-case scenario for Kidd — who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists — is that he gets his first anti-flopping warning of the season and his clock starts for potentially earning flopping fines down the road. The Nets, like the Jazz before them, are left to wonder what might have been had the “Reggie Miller Rule” actually been enforced.

Miller, meanwhile, tweeted his postgame breakdown: “J Kidd, I love it!!! Leg kick??? Nah bucket!!!!”

10 comments
playingitout
playingitout

To even call that slight leg motion a "leg kick" is extreme stupidity. Van Gundy got himself into hot water by making a rash statement, and then didn't have the guts to retract it when the replay showed how slight the leg motion really was. There was no "kick" and this is a non-issue. I would not have argued with a no-call, but to even conjecture that this could be an offensive foul??? Not on this planet, folks.

KinDiesel
KinDiesel

It's a crafty play from a veteran. He didn't kick his leg out at the defender. He took advantage of a guy who was flying at him. He spread out a little and made himself a slightly bigger target. That is a part of basketball. Just like a pump-fake..to draw fouls. If you can't use craftiness to draw fouls...I just don't get it.

jM.D.
jM.D.

great choice by kidd to choose n.y. over dallas, with  n.y. he has a legit chance of  snagging another ring compared to dallas. i truly believe this team can beat miami, kidd can at least slowdown wade and even bother bron with his quick hands. such a huge help for the knicks, such a versatile defender. who knows he might be the missing piece for the knicks' championship puzzle to be complete.

roderiques5898
roderiques5898

Obviously Andre is a Knicks fan. Me I don't like either team so I agree with Van Gundy and the replay that shows Kidd intentionally thrwiing his leg out . No Free throws, offensive foul, and maybe Brooklyn actully wins the game. Replay the last 24 seconds no I think not. They don't do it in other sportsa why in this one. Could you imagine doing that in baseball. It could take hours to finish the game. In football no because some teams only play each other once a year same as in hockey

EricBernholc
EricBernholc

 @roderiques5898 ugh fool he shot the ball wide open. How could he purposely intend to draw contact if stackhouse wasnt there until the ball was released. No to offensive foul.

MikeMo34
MikeMo34

It's clear on the replay that it should have been an offensive foul, but if you look at it from the closest ref's POV, he probably couldn't see the leg movement by Kidd from the angle he was at.  That's why they should have more use of replay in the game.

EricBernholc
EricBernholc

 @MikeMo34 He made contact with Kidd's hip actually not his foot moron and there was no intent on drawing a foul because when he released the ball he was wide open

dawgofrick3
dawgofrick3

Gotta love the NBA. They conveniently enforce the rules only when it benefits their pockets. If the NBA had any balls, they'd make them replay the final 24.1 seconds the next time they play. They did it when Shaq was wrongly determined to foul out when he played for the Suns. Next time the 2 teams played they replayed the final minute of their first game before tipping off the second game. But they won't do that because they don't care about being fair. And yes, AndreAnderson, it sure was a foul. It was specifically created this year for this exact situation.

EricBernholc
EricBernholc

 @dawgofrick3 fool they can't go back and redo it. Your statement is stupid. At most it was a no call

AndreAnderson
AndreAnderson

Who the  hell listens to anything that anyone on BSPN says. It wasn't a foul, shut up Van Gundy.