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The Portland Path Blazers misplaced to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder Tuesday evening, however Portland is reportedly sad with how the sport ended. 

The Path Blazers are submitting a protest to problem the loss to OKC, in keeping with ESPN. 

Portland Path Blazers coach Chauncey Billups, center, disputes a double-dribble name in opposition to guard Malcom Brogdon, proper, by official Brandon Schwab, left, within the remaining minute of the Thunder recreation on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Oklahoma Metropolis. (AP Picture/Nate Billings)

With lower than 20 seconds to play and Portland holding a one-point lead, Malcolm Brogdon was trapped by two OKC gamers close to half court docket. Head coach Chauncey Billups tried to name a timeout, however was unable to get the eye of the referee earlier than he known as a double-dribble on Brogdon. 


Billups acquired two technical fouls and was ejected from the sport. 

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tied the sport 109-109 along with his technical free throw earlier than Jalen Williams gave the Thunder a two-point lead with 2.1 seconds left, pulling down a midrange jumper for the win. 

Billups expressed frustration after the loss, saying the referees must be prepared for that scenario. 

Jalen Williams takes the game-winning shot

Thunder ahead Jalen Williams prepares to take the game-winning shot in opposition to the Portland Path Blazers, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Oklahoma Metropolis. (AP Picture/Nate Billings)


“We’ve acquired timeouts,” Billups stated. “Referees often are ready for that, you already know, that occasion, that scenario. I’m at half court docket, making an attempt to name a timeout. It’s simply irritating. My guys performed too onerous for that. It’s a irritating play.”

The Path Blazers have 48 hours to file the protest with the league workplace, in keeping with ESPN. The crew additionally has 5 days to supply proof and the league has 5 days to decide. 


In keeping with the pool report, the referee was centered on the play, which made it troublesome for him to listen to and see Billups trying to get the timeout. 

Chauncey Billups angry at a call

Portland Path Blazers coach Chauncey Billups is led off the court docket after being ejected throughout the remaining minute of the Thunder recreation on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Oklahoma Metropolis. (AP Picture/Nate Billings)

“The referee within the slot place was refereeing the double-team that was proper in entrance of him, which makes it troublesome for primary to listen to and quantity two to see a coach request a timeout behind him,” crew chief Invoice Kennedy stated. “He’s taught to referee the play till completion, which a double dribble occurs, and he accurately calls the double dribble after which pursuant (to that) the technical fouls come ahead.”

Portland dropped to 12-31 with the loss, whereas OKC improved to 30-13. 

The Related Press contributed to this report

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