Posted March 30, 2013

Clippers’ Chris Paul says Spurs’ Tim Duncan traveled on game-winner

Ben Golliver, Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan

By Ben Golliver

Tim Duncan hit a game-winning jumper with two seconds left to push the Spurs past the Clippers 104-102 in San Antonio on Saturday, but Chris Paul thought the future first-ballot Hall of Fame big man got away with a Texas two-step.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Clippers guard didn’t believe Duncan’s shot should have counted because he shuffled his feet before launching it.

“He traveled,” Paul said. “I can say that, right? He traveled. I just looked at the film. He made an unbelievable shot, though.”

Down one in the game’s closing seconds, the Spurs inbounded to Danny Green, who waited for Duncan to come clear at the high post after he set a back screen along the baseline. Duncan collected the pass and took one dribble to his left, setting up a pull-up shot for the win. Clippers guard Willie Green then unexpectedly jumped out at him aggressively, getting stuck in the air as Duncan prepared the shot.

Rather than pump and wait for Green to clear, Duncan leaned in, drawing contact, and then launched a jumper that caught the front rim, bounced off the backboard and finally swished home. He was awarded a free throw — which he made — for the contact from Green. During the pump and lean action, though, Duncan appeared to get happy feet before letting go of the winner.

USA Today Sports reports Spurs guard Tony Parker was too busy celebrating to be worried about the pitter-patter steps.

“Great shot; unbelievable shot,” Parker said of Duncan’s game-winner. “He had a couple misses (and) I know he was mad with himself against Houston (in a loss on Sunday). This time he made a huge shot in a huge game. He was unbelievable tonight.”

Duncan missed a potential game-winning attempt in the closing seconds of a March 24 loss to the Rockets after James Harden gave Houston the lead with a leaning jumper.

San Antonio, the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed, improved to 55-17 with the win. L.A., the West’s No. 4 seed, dropped to 49-24 with the loss. Duncan finished with a game-high 34 points (on 12-for-19 shooting) and 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Clippers were led by 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists from Blake Griffin.

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28 comments
Horstradamus
Horstradamus

Looked fine to me. Even if he did shuffle his feet (which I didn't see), it was nowhere as egregious as Chris Paul's ball palming or LeBron's epic 3-4 step layups.

Heartland_Grant
Heartland_Grant

I could less about either team, CP needs to keep his mouth shut, not a travel.

jimmercik
jimmercik

I can see what CP is saying, but that is simply not going to get called at that point of a super-close NBA game ... not because of star-preference, but because it is almost unrecognizable as traveling. I looked at the film multiple times, and it's tough to see for sure. ... that one woulda been a tough call, and the refs are going to err in the side of "let'em play." Those who shout "traveling" on that one are wishful-thinking.  In the NFL, it'd be "not sufficient evidence to overturn the ruling on the field." Secondly, if the shot does not drop, then its a non issue.  3rdly: If the NBA is rigged, this is NOT an example of that.

RobertB1
RobertB1

I hate the Spurs but Duncan did not travel.

KyleTaggart
KyleTaggart

What is this "travel" Chris Paul is talking about. Never heard of the word before.

LucyMcKee
LucyMcKee

All night Clippers were pushing players on just about every play, and he is complaining about Duncan...man up CP (Cryin Punk)

SteveCowan
SteveCowan

Good grief, CP, almost every NBA player travels on almost every play!  Either complain about your foul shooting, or insist the refs call EVERY travel.... but then the games would last forever...

matt7
matt7

If Paul really wants  complain about something that cost the Clips the game, he should complain about the foul shooting.  Both teams went to the line for 21 attempts.  Spurs went 20/21, Clips went 12/21.   That is why LA lost.

Fallsmyer
Fallsmyer

The refs miss a lot of calls throughout a game, not really their fault. it's easy to go back and look at a play 5-6 times on super slow motion and say they missed this call or that call, but in the moment its really hard to tell. I am sure they missed a lot of other calls that aren't being looked at because they weren't in the final seconds. Get over it! you lost because YOU lost not because the refs missed one call.

AlexAlatorre
AlexAlatorre

I do agree with cp3, but refs do not have vision sights like eagles.

point guard
point guard

another apology due from the NBA front office.  they need to start handing out techs to the refs.

eddie577
eddie577

He was the same when he played in NO, but didn't complain as much because they got blown out a lot.

eddie577
eddie577

CP3 is a cry baby.  On the prior play he was actually pulling on Tony's shirt before they called Tony for a penalty. Sore loser. Grow up Mr. State Farm agent wannabe

coyote_50
coyote_50

And all of Paul's sold flops and other missed calls in the Clippers favor were okay. The ONLY problem was a shuffle that favored the Spurs. OK.

Klownchyld_1906
Klownchyld_1906

Welcome to NBA officiating on the road during the playoff push CP3.

AlanSchein
AlanSchein

 @AlexAlatorre

 You're right Alex.  You want proof just look at the teams that are AWARDED the most fould shots.  The Heat and the Thunder.  Those are the teams that David Stern wants in the finals because they will draw the highest ratings.  So in order to insure their success, Stern sees to it they get to shoot the most foul shots.  And star players likeLBJ and CP can complain about officiating with out the threat of fines..whereas any coach or lesser known player would be fined $50,000 for being critical of the officials.  Yea, the NBA is rigged and has been for years. 

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

 @AlanSchein  @AlexAlatorre 9/11 was an inside job wasn't it? Obama was born in Kenya and practices Islam.  WE NEVER LANDED ON THE MOON!

Wackos. 

kvz43
kvz43

@AlanSchein @AlexAlatorre who are you kidding? New York vs LA (Lakers) I'm pretty sure that would draw way higher ratings

Scramble
Scramble

 @JoeCabot  @AlexAlatorre Michael Jordan walked and fouled all the time, but he made the NBA lots of money so they let things slide.

touseyd
touseyd

 @kvz43  @AlanSchein  @AlexAlatorre No alan is right. stern has always said the nba is a "star" league. Meaning LBJ,Wade and Bosh vs Durant,Westbrook.  

 

Other acceptable alternatives; Lakers, Clippers, Celtics, Bulls(with Rose of course),Nets, knicks.