Scott Foster’s officiating crew spent a lot of time reviewing the last 0.9 seconds of the Suns vs. Clippers Western Conference finals game Tuesday night.
Evidently, no one on the three-man unit saw Los Angeles center DeMarcus Cousins shove Phoenix guards Cam Payne and Devin Booker after Deandre Ayton made the eventual game-winning dunk in a 104-103 Suns Game 2 victory.
The NBA did see it, however. After reviewing the play, the league decided Wednesday that it warranted a technical foul and retroactively assessed one to Cousins.
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The NBA’s announcement and video of the incident:
DeMarcus Cousins (LAC) has been assessed a postgame technical foul upon league review for actions at the conclusion of the game on 6/22/21. pic.twitter.com/VrS2MU8ZS3
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) June 23, 2021
That wasn’t much from Cousins, but it’s important to note that this occurred during a dead-ball situation. That’s why it was eventually ruled a technical foul.
That said, the call wasn’t made in-game. The Suns would have had a chance to attempt a free throw to extend their lead to two points and give themselves more breathing room had the referees seen it.
Ultimately, the incident had a minimal impact on the game. The Clippers were unable to get off a last-gasp shot attempt in the 0.7 seconds the refs put back on the clock after reviewing Ayton’s dunk.
Phoenix leads the best-of-seven series 2-0. It will look to go up 3-0 on Thursday in Game 3 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Los Angeles. Suns point guard Chris Paul (safety protocols) is expected to return to the lineup.