Missing Call that Might Have Cost the Lakers the Christmas Game

Missing Call that Might Have Cost the Lakers the Christmas Game


The Lakers lost tonight against the Chicago Bulls and I went to Christmas dinner as grumpy as the Grinch. It’s not that they lost, it’s mainly why they lost. Everyone on Twitter, including us, were throwing blame all over the place with the two most popular tweets being:

  • The Lakers shot like garbage from the free throw line. 55% is not going to get it done, especially four very important free throws by Pau Gasol and Josh McRoberts near the end of the game.
  • Kobe Bryant had a team high eight turnovers with the most costly one coming at the end of the game. Less than 20 seconds left in the game, Lakers up by one and Kobe tosses it away to Luol Deng.

But I’m here to say that there was one very important play in between Kobe’s last turnover and Derrick Rose’s game winner with 4.8 seconds left in the game.

The missed traveling call that seemed to have been forgotten by all the analysts and play by play people.


If the refs get this call right, the Lakers get the ball back.

Kobe most likely will hold onto the ball and be sent to the line to increase the lead to three.

And most importantly, I actually would have enjoyed Christmas dinner with my family.

Bah, humbug! As a Lakers fan, I’m beginning not to like this holiday.