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Questionable Officiating Led to Blazers-Timberwolves Ending

Erik Gundersen of the Columbian offers an alternate view of Saturday's exciting finish.

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In his wrap-up of the Portland Trail Blazers "week that was", Erik Gundersen of the Columbian speculates that an officiating error may have led to the thrilling ending between the Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Ricky Rubio was reaching in on Damian Lillard, trying to foul when the Wolves were up by three points.

Lillard got fouled but then had enough time to take one full step-back before shooting.

It was a fantastic shot and one on which he did absorb some contact, but the continuation of the call was suspect.

It's unfortunate that we're left to question an amazing play for Lillard.

If they had called it appropriately, the Blazers would have had to make both free throws and foul again, before getting one last shot to go full court and tie or win the game depending on the result of the Minnesota free throws.

Gundersen also addresses the issue of Lillard's recent play, whether he needs encouragement to pace himself during the season, and speculates that defending in the modern era is far more challenging than in days of yore.