The Los Angeles Lakers’ Timeout Call in Victory Over Suns Defended by Referees

The last night game between Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns officials has confirmed the controversial timeout call

that helped the L.A.’s ticket to the In-Season Tournament semi-final. In a back and forth fourth quarter, the Suns cut the Lakers’ lead to two points in 11.2 seconds. Timeout Lakers, as Los Angeles would go on to hit a free throw, and Durant missed a pull-up three-pointer at the end of the game. Booker, who helped force the turnover, was clearly unhappy about the decision. “The whole world seen it,” said Booker. According to last night’s pool report, the officials upheld their decision to award the Lakers the timeout. If you watch the replay, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham is clearly late to the timeout call. However, further inspection shows that James is at least a bit closer to a moment where Reaves looks as though he has possession. The broadcast angle doesn’t give the best view of the situation, but granting James the timeout looks at least slightly more defensible.