Charlotte Hornets: NBA confirms LeVert’s sealing block on Walker was clean

Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Kemba Walker (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The NBA has released their two-minute report, which states that Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker was not fouled on the last play of Saturday’s loss.

Saturday nights loss to the Brooklyn Nets left a sour taste in the mouth of Charlotte Hornets fans.

It was, of course, a pretty important game as the playoff race tightens in the Eastern Conference, but the game ended in major controversy.

Kemba Walker was attempting a three-pointer for the victory, but it appeared that Nets guard Caris LeVert clearly fouled him, leaving fans booing after the no-call. Today, the NBA released a report that will leave fans unhappy.

The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report states that LeVert legally blocked Walker’s shot when his elbow made contact with the ball. The report also added that Walker slides his pivot foot after the gather, which should have resulted in a travel.

In real time, I instantly thought that it was a foul. As much as I hate seeing it, Walker pump faked and tried to draw the foul by initiating contact with LeVert. We see that all the time. I mean, an All-Star starter at home with the game on the line. That’s a foul, right?

Wrong. Upon further review, LeVert did a good job avoiding Walker and clearly hit the ball with his elbow. That is a tough call to make late in the game, so give credit to the officials for not blowing their whistles.

Walker finished the night with 32 points and six three-pointers. The ending was unfortunate, but if Walker continues to play at this level, he will have the Hornets firmly in the playoff mix up until the very last game of the regular season.

It was a tough loss for the Hornets, who really would have liked this win over a team they are battling with among the standings. It doesn’t matter anymore, though. Charlotte must move on and focus on what lies ahead.

Charlotte has one of the toughest remaining schedules in the league, so wins may be hard to come by. Up next, the Charlotte Hornets will be taking on the reigning NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors.

On Friday, the Hornets will have another crack at the Nets, and look to tie the season series between the two clubs at two wins a piece. The Nets are no joke, so the Hornets are going to have to play better if they hope to get the win.

Every game is important for the Charlotte Hornets right now. The team is so focused on making it back into the playoffs, so anything other than that outcome will make this a failed season for Charlotte.

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This is a tough stretch for the Hornets. Time will tell if they are a playoff team or not, but that loss to the Nets definitely hurts.