Upon further review of the further review, the NBA has ruled that Anderson Varejao should have been assessed a Flagrant 1 foul for leg-whipping Gerald Henderson late in the 3rd quarter of Sunday afternoon's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors.
GSW’s A. Varejao assessed Flagrant 1 upon league office review (3:29, 3rd qtr) from game on May 1.— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) May 3, 2016
At the time of the incident my immediate reaction was that it was a Flagrant 1 and double technical fouls for the extra curriculars.
There appears to be a hesitancy, one that has existed for quite some time, for NBA officials to hand out anything more than equal punishment to those involved unless the incident is exceedingly hostile; something that should probably be looked at by the league this summer and addressed going forward if they are to avoid retroactive calls that are of little consequence to the team/player that was wronged.
NBA officials aren't having the best of times during this year's playoff run. So far there have been two enormous calls or non-calls that the officials have made a meal of.
In the first round match up between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, Houston guard James Harden hit a game winning shot after committing what the NBA ruled as a push off to create space for the shot.
In the waning seconds of Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals featuring Oklahoma City and the San Antonio Spurs, OKC guard Dion Waiters struck Spurs guard Manu Ginobili to create space before heaving an inbound pass into the backcourt. The resulting scramble gave the Spurs a chance at a last ditch effort but the call was again missed by the officiating crew.