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Here's What the NBA Had to Say on Russell Westbrook's Travel in Game 1

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A major no-call was made towards the ending of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, where it looked like Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook traveled when he dragged his pivot foot.

No call was made, and it had Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr in complete disbelief:

That one call could have changed a lot of things in this game, given that the Warriors were only down by three points when this no-call happened.

After the game, in which OKC won, the NBA admitted their fault.

“The officials, no one could get in a good position to see him drag that pivot foot,” NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia said in a postgame interview on NBA TV. “It’s an unfortunate miss, but so much going on in the play, the speed of it, and officiating is about getting angles and sometimes you just can’t get them, and they did not get a great angle on that play.”

To be fair, if you look closely on that play, Klay Thompson was basically fouling Westbrook before the supposed travel occurred. With that, there were basically two no-calls on that play.

However, many fans haven't been happy with the officiating lately this postseason. OKC alone has been the subject of many controversial calls from the referees so far in these playoffs, particularly in their last series versus the San Antonio Spurs.

-- Josh Dhani

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