After an absolutely abysmal call in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals helped the Los Angeles Sparks rally to win a title, the Minnesota Lynx were furious.
And they should have been. Even the WNBA agrees.
The WNBA released the following statement regarding a call in Lynx-Sparks Game 5: pic.twitter.com/E7gQTW3Lnx— WNBA (@WNBA) October 21, 2016
For context, with under two minutes to go in the game, Sparks player Nneka Ogwumike made a jump shot to give the Sparks a lead.
Only it never should have counted as a shot. The shot-clock had reached 0 seconds and the ball was still in Ogwumike's hands, a clear shot-clock violation. Referees should have reviewed the play with such little time left in the game, but failed to do so.
After the game, Lynx star Maya Moore was notably upset while talking to reporters, saying she thought she saw the referees call for a review, "But they didn't. It doesn't mean anything now."
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve added, "The game today, it's not fair to the players. It's not enough just to apologize and send out a memo that they got something wrong, OK? These players are so invested, and something must be done about the officiating in this league because it is not fair to these great players that we have."
And she's right. The WNBA's statement does nothing but tell us what we already know. It's not enough.