The Washington Wizards narrowly beat the New York Knicks on Thursday. It was another in a long line of success for the team as they continue to make a strong run towards the postseason, now sitting at 23-19 and fifth in the Eastern Conference.
But the real story from the game came after the final buzzer sounded. Knicks’ shooting guard Courtney Lee explained why he passed up a seemingly wide open shot on the Knicks’ final possession – a shot that could have tied up the game in the dying seconds.
Courtney Lee says a sly tactic from a Wizards Assistant Coach tricked him into thinking he had help on the last possession. pic.twitter.com/UhwGIT9JQK
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) January 20, 2017
This is a fairly serious allegation from Lee. But upon further examination it appears as though he has a legitimate gripe:
closeup of Wizards asst Sidney Lowe on the floor in the final seconds of the game. Moves his arms and yells at Lee to act like a defender pic.twitter.com/UjtZfJMi4i
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) January 20, 2017
Distracting players from the sideline is not actually an issue. But being on the court during the run of play, well that’s not exactly a legal move.
Everyone should expect this to be addressed in the league’s L2M report on Friday. Whether the league will take any more action is another question.
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