After trading baskets with the Los Angeles Lakers most of the evening on Tuesday, the Sacramento Kings faltered late and lost 122-114, dropping them to 16-23 on the season.
With just under 25 seconds remaining, Malik Monk missed a pair of free throws and Sacramento seemingly corralled the rebound, called timeout, and prepared to draw up a play. Yet the timeout was called before anyone actually secured possession, though after the clock began running, and officials deemed the play a jump ball, which Los Angeles ultimately won and put the game away for good.
Alvin Gentry is fired up after the refs call this play a jump ball pic.twitter.com/S38KD1qoCI
— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) January 5, 2022
Kings head coach Alvin Gentry was irate with the call as it unfolded and was even more frustrated post-game.
“OH HELL NO!…that was the worst call I have ever seen.”
Alvin Gentry is not happy pic.twitter.com/9uXAZaSxw0
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) January 5, 2022
“It’s a horsesh*t rule in the NBA. The referees did exactly what they were supposed to do. It is the rule. They enforce the rule the way it is,” Gentry said. “If anything needs to be changed, the rule needs to be changed. I think there’s gotta be some common sense. We have the basketball right there. They started the clock. We didn’t start the clock. It wasn’t our error. And so, we got punished for a dumbass rule. That’s the bottom line.”
Alvin Gentry sounded off postgame about the controversial late 4Q call against the Lakers.
“It’s a horseshit rule in the NBA… the rule is the thing that needs to be changed in that situation. There’s no way in hell that ball shouldn’t have been in our possession.’ pic.twitter.com/LHSaCBnNjN
— Brenden Nunes (@BrendenNunesNBA) January 5, 2022
While Sacramento has played better basketball since Gentry took over in late November, the veteran head coach has expressed his fair share of post-game frustrations. Tuesday’s occurrence was another example, and it surely seems like the Kings were unjustifiably punished for someone else’s mistake, contributing to a tough loss on the road.