Upon further review, the Kings did lose to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The NBA denied Sacramento’s protest of its Nov. 13 loss at FedExForum that came on a reverse layup alley-oop by Courtney Lee with 0.3 seconds left that gave the Grizzlies a 111-110 win after trailing by 26 points.
The Kings contended Lee did not get the shot off in time. Their second point was that center Ryan Hollins deflected the ball, which should have started the clock and made it impossible for Lee to get off a shot.
According to the NBA’s statement from Commissioner Adam Silver, the “game officials’ call that Lee’s shot was timely was within their judgment and not a misapplication of the playing rules. Sacramento’s protest therefore did not justify the extraordinary remedy of overturning the game’s result.”
The last time a team won a protest was 2008 by Miami.
“I’m not going to get into it a whole lot,” said Kings coach Michael Malone. “Obviously we filed the protest in hopes of the outcome being overturned, and we felt we had fairly conclusive evidence. That’s why we filed the protest, but the league did their investigation and ruled that Memphis won the game, and we move on.”
Hollins has said that he deflected the ball, and the Kings had what they believe were several angles that show the ball being deflected and changing trajectory when Vince Carter threw the ball to Lee.
Hollins wanted to see the decision overturned but understood the odds of that were slim.
“It would have been the right thing to do,” Hollins said. “You can see by my reaction even when the shot went in, I turn and I’m calm like, ‘I hit the ball, I felt my hand, my hand’s not going to lie. I hit the ball.’ ”
Hollins said the Kings can learn from the Memphis loss.
“It’s disappointing, but I understand it. We’ve got to be better,” Hollins said. “It’ll teach our team no one is going to give us anything.”
That the Kings were in position to lose is what irked Malone.
“Like I said after the game, we should have never been in that situation up 26 on the road,” Malone said.
More air time – For the second time this season, the Kings had a game voted by fans as the game of the week to be aired on NBA TV.
NBA TV will air the Kings’ game against Toronto from Sleep Train Arena on Tuesday.
The Kings’ game Nov. 18 against New Orleans was also shown on NBA TV.
Reassigned – Rookie forward Eric Moreland was sent back to the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, on Friday.
Moreland was recalled Tuesday and made his NBA debut, playing a minute late in Wednesday’s loss at Houston.
The call-up from Reno gave Moreland, who is from Houston, a chance to spend part of the Thanksgiving holiday with his family before returning to the Bighorns.