“I just missed,” Durant said.
Was there contact?
“I really couldn’t tell you. I’ve got to watch the film, I guess.”
Are you saying you don’t think you got mugged by LeBron on that last play? You don’t believe you were fouled?
“I missed the shot, man.”
Durant knew he was fouled. His reaction on the court after the shot caromed off the rim and into LeBron’s arms said enough. He’d nearly pulled off one of the great NBA Finals comebacks of all time, scoring 26 points in the second half. Given the ball and a chance to tie with less than 10 seconds left, he spun on the baseline and lofted a shot from seven feet that was about six inches short. James made the mistake of looking away from Durant, then he tried to slow him by pinning his arm underneath Durant’s right shoulder.
What a farce. You think LeBron wouldn’t get the whistle if the roles were reversed?