Missed Goaltend Call


 We have another controversial ending to a game which involves Rudy Gobert, of whom we reviewed another controversial game ending play against the Pelicans in the previous article.  Unbelievable!  This time, its Gobert being tangled up against Damien Lillard.  Same scenario for Gobert as before against the Pelicans.  On February 7, 2020, the Jazz are up 2 points against the Portland Trailblazers with 19.5 seconds left in regulation.  Lillard drove into the lane and put up a shot off the glass that was still in flight towards the rim before Rudy Gobert slapped the ball against the glass.  A no-call on the play meant Lillard’s shot was recorded as a block instead of a goal tend.  That basket would have tied the game at 116-116 with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.  Instead the Blazers were forced to foul and would go on to lose the game.  If you want to watch the full game highlight here’s the link below. 










Our crew for the game were Crew Chief Josh Tiven (#58), Referee Brian Forte (#45) and Umpire JB DeRosa (#62) all of whom are excellent officials.  There were tweets all over Twitter clearly showing Gobert hit the ball while it was in flight.  Not only that, but the Last 2 Minute report also confirmed that Jazz wing Joe Ingles fouled Lillard with just over a minute left in the game.  No foul called.  By no mean that the missed goaltend and foul took the win away from Portland.  That’s why we play the game.  Anything can happen at any moment which can change the momentum.  It’s NBA basketball.  Let’s talk about dealing with the aftermath of a tough game. 


Sure, we all know that our crew missed calls in the final minutes of the game that were very crucial.  We’re not going to talk about the missed call, you can find discussions of that on Twitter.  Sometimes things get away from all of us when intensity rises in a game. Typically, from the middle to the end of the season, bad habits and fatigue become visible in our game.  If you’re a seasoned enough official, you’ve gone through a few games in your career where the ending just doesn’t feel right.  But let’s all learn from this game as an official. 

Let’s talk about the goaltend.  Brian Forte was the lead on table-side, JB DeRosa was in the slot, and Josh Tiven trailed the play.  At 13.3 seconds we can see the heads of the Trail and the Slot Officials were looking at the top of the play.  Definite missed call by both preferable officials.  Seldom call from the Lead, that if Forte was positioned closer to the court, he may have enough in his vision to have a cadence opinion on that play. 


Sometimes that even happens from teammates on the same team.  B3 goes up for a shot at the free throw line.  A2 and A3 are under the basketball ready for a rebound, as well as B1.  A2 and A3 are caught staring at each other thinking that the other was going to get the easy defensive rebound.  Instead B1 easily puts the shot back for the easy rebound and 2 points.  In our instance of that play, all 3 Officials may have a good look at that goal-tend, but all 3 Officials thought one of the other 2 were going to make the call.  Either way, our crew screwed up.

After a game like this, you can only imagine what may be going through your head an official.  Did we fail as a crew?  What could we have done differently?  And if the game ended really bad, you know you’ll still hear about it later on down the road.  Some of us take some time to get over a game ending with that type of intensity.  Then there are some that might even lose sleep for a week or two.  Let’s talk about some ways to help deal with the aftermath of a tough game.


Game Film

In the NBA the crew has the capabilities to review film immediately after the game.  At the collegiate level and below, you may not get those opportunities.  When you get those opportunities to review film that should be first on your list.  Look at your positioning.  One of the key moments of missing a call is being in the wrong position.  Whether its position along the baseline/sideline or depth into the court.



Working out relieves pressure and stress.  Whether your favorite workout is yoga, weight or cardio, a good routine is always recommended 2 to 3 hours per day.  This keeps your stamina up as when intensity rises during the game, your concentration is trained to stay on tact till the end of the game. fit-young-african-american-woman-working-out-with-royalty-free-image-1568749516.jpg 


Good Meal

As Officials, we work hard.  From the moment the first whistle to start the tip all the way till the final whistle which ended the game, we have put every effort and energy into the game.  On the nights that things get out of hand are the nights which we have worked the hardest.  Having a good meal will reward yourself of actually managing yourself through a tough game. 


Consulting with another Official

One of the best remedies to getting over a tough game is to get it off your chest.  Consult with another Official about the play.  After that, move on!  Keep in mind, as an Official, it is never a good idea to talk about your game through social media.  As an Official to the game your duties are not only limited to being on the court, but also off the court.  Although the jurisdiction of your job is limited within the confines of the game, your life off the court will hinder your reputation as an Official.  Social media is never our friend. 



I’m pretty sure you all have some different strategies that you use to get over a tough game.  Or if you have a comment about the game, please share it with our family.