NBA mulling changes to rules after blown call at end of Thunder-Bucks game

Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped out of bounds before making the game-winning basket with 1.1 seconds left. The play was not reviewable.

Sometimes it takes a mistake to force change, and Friday an officiating crew made such a glaringly bad call the NBA competition committee may be forced to make a modification.

On the Bucks' final play of the game against the Thunder, Giannis Antetokounmpo drove to the basket on an inbounds play and dunked on Russell Westbrook to win the game. The problem was Antetokounmpo clearly stepped on the out-of-bounds line which should have negated the basket.

However, since no whistle was blown, the Thunder were out of luck.

"In any reviewable matter, there has to be a whistle called on the floor," head official Derrick Stafford told a pool reporter after Friday's game, via ESPN. "There was no whistle blown for the play, so we couldn't review it."

The Thunder were understandably upset by the call, and the NBA is now being forced to look at its rules. Plays cannot be looked at if a whistle was not blown. That could be about to change.

The NBA competition committee is now reportedly going to look at changing this rule so games do not end this way anymore. It may not ultimately be changed but it is on the docket when they will meet.

If they do alter the rulebook at all, nothing would be put in place until the 2018-19 season.

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