Lakers Hold Off Magic Thanks to Missed Call

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IJune 12, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 11:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Mickael Pietrus #20 of the Orlando Magic in the first quarter of Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 11, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

If there is one play that will be remembered in these NBA Finals, it came with just 31.4 seconds left in Game Four. Derek Fisher drained a three-pointer to put the Los Angeles Lakers ahead by three.

Yet, one big question lingers: Why was there no offensive foul called on Kobe Bryant? The shot is going to be played on ESPN, local news across the country, etc.

That elbow to the face of Jameer Nelson by Kobe Bryant will live on for some time. Where was the whistle?

Last time I checked, if there's an elbow to the face of someone either by an offensive player or a defensive player it is a foul. Is there another rule stating that Kobe Bryant is immune to such calls?

If the correct call would have been made, then there may have been a different outcome of the game. It could have gone into a second overtime, or the Lakers could have still pulled it out.

There's one thing for sure: This play isn't going to quiet people who think there's a conspiracy to help Bryant win another championship.

There's definitely going to be an explanation by the director of officiating trying to cover for the missed call, but any referee with any kind of credibility would have called that an offensive foul at the very least.

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The NBA should be reviewing the play. If not, there's something definitely wrong with the officials, but then again that has been noted for a while now. 

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