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Don't blame the bad goaltending call

While the blazers would have almost certainly won the game if not for the block being called goaltending (it's not completely certain... one missed free throw and a 3 pointer sends it to overtime too), there are a few other things that happened at the end of that game. After Aldridge hit a pair of free throws to go up by six with 2:17 to go, the Blazers missed 5 of their 6 shots. In the 18 seconds before the bad call, the Blazers failed to secure three defensive rebounds. That's 8 opportunities to win the game that would have made "the call" irrelevant (or even nonexistent).

This seems more to me like Memphis losing the 2008 NCAA tournament. A team that was in position to win ends up losing in painful fashion in overtime because of a flaw that everyone already knew they had. In Memphis' case, they couldn't shoot free throws. In Portland's case, they don't have a reliable closer.

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