Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  42 responses

Video: Did Steve Novak Step Out of Bounds?

by Marcel Mutoni

The video isn’t exactly conclusive as to whether or not Novak stepped out of bounds (with the heel of his foot) before putting the Nets to sleep with a buzzer-beating three. Even more critically, it might not matter one way or another.

According to someone in the know, as long as Novak was in bounds when he released the shot, then that’s all the NBA cares about.

The Star-Ledger reports:

We asked someone who would know – works for the league, saw the play, knows the rules and the parameters, and can’t be named – and he made it simple for us: Even if Novak was out of bounds on the catch, it’s irrelevant.

The call on the court was that the shot was released in time – that was the only thing Danny Crawford’s crew was permitted to overturn when they checked the replay in this particular scenario. If they muffed the non-call (the step-out, which was too close to call from the angle we saw), that’s just tough noogies.

He wasn’t out of bounds when he shot it, and that’s all that mattered. It does not preclude the make in this case. Play stands, Nets lose, and another endgame failure spills over into psychosis.

Sorry, Nets fans. This is but another horrific chapter in your nightmare of a season.

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Regardless, the defense was horrible.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    small concession considering how nightmarish the Clips have been.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    He definitely was out of bounds. The ref crew last night seemed to be a bit off. Palmer initially ruled Dooling’s three at the end of the half a two-pointer, and he jumped from a good three feet behind the line.

  • Zabba

    He stepped on my DICK!

  • http://twitter.com/krishollieppl Kristopher Hollie

    Where the heck did that come from Zabba?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    the Nets’ season is unofficially over. Even if Harris would still be healthy, these losses against the Blazers, and especially against the Warriors and the Clippers are awful. the tracks of my tears…..

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I don’t know, I watched the replay a whole mess of times and it didn’t look like he ever put his heel down. You’d think Marv and the Czar—who’s watched more film than Stanley Kubrick at this point—would have seen something if there was anything to see. That said, nice rotation. Lawrence Frank is so overdue to get fired it isn’t even funny anymore.

  • Manumaniac

    How come Baron Davis didn’t take the last shot? Was he afraid he will miss it?

  • http://soulbanger.tumblr.com tapion786

    frank won’t get fired bc he shares the same apathy as the players with the outcome of these kinds of games. “we just have to keep our heads up and forget about it.” its so painful to watch them at the end of games…

    and secondly, i was watching the whole thing and russ is right. marv and the czar would have said if he was out but his heel doesn’t seem to be touching the ground and there was no angle that accurately proved otherwise.

  • http://soulbanger.tumblr.com tapion786

    davis was cold and novak had nailed 6 treys until that point. not passing it would have been stupid.

  • Sesa

    Man, that was too close

  • nate james

    haha when steve novavk is your clutch player. somethings wrong. although i love steve novack. thats still messed up.

  • Manumaniac

    Actually, not passing it would have been Baron Davis…

  • adams

    He shot it from in front of the Nets bench, I think if he was out of bounds some of the Nets would have complained immediately.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Baron Davis made the exact right play. I’d love to been able to hear what Vince was thinking at the exact moment the ball swung (swang?) to Novak.

  • mr. carter

    @ nate james, its Novak. Just to let u know. and why he shouldn’t take the last shot, if his shooting arm was hot and he’s terrific from downtown anyway.

  • Lumberjack

    Baron had 20 pts, 10 boards and 6 assists in that game and Novak was 7-11 Down town.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Steve novak is the best 3 point shooter in the nba, why shouldn’t he take it?

  • Randy

    @Ryne. You are wrong I was at the game, the refs ruled Dooling’s shot as a 2-pointer then overturned it and gave him a 3.

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    He stepped out.

  • ML

    he wasn’t even close to out of bounds, I think that’s ridiculous, on the catch he’s on his toes and his heel is pretty obviously elevated, I put the vid in full screen and ran it back like 30 times

  • http://vnsny.org Spaceship Jay

    He did step out.

  • Randy

    Regardless… Jarvis should have made a FT

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    I wish Zach Randolph would take the clutch 3 pointer.

  • shane

    @Manumaniac, davis passed to novak because novak was 6-10 from the 3 with 21 points before the final shot. Davis didnt shoot well, but he had 20 and 10 on the night, not bad, but it was clear that novak should take that final shot.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    I second Randy.

  • niQ

    i’m just laughing at the announcer and how we screamed out, “THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU”

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  • daniel

    haha that announcer is terrible. and why does every single clippers last posession inbound end with someone getting the ball at the top of the key and driving

  • O.R Paperstacks

    Either way it was a great shot. I’m glad to have witness it live.

  • O.R Paperstacks

    Daniel – That announcer is Ralph Lawler. Dude is a G

    How many other announcers do you know hold the mic like Bob Barker and call a whole game like that?

  • Josh D

    Sorry, Clippers fans. This is but another horrific chapter in your nightmare of a season

  • luke

    Even if he was out of bounds on the catch,it’s IRRELEVANT??!! So he could have caught it from behind the bench,but so long as he steps in bounds when he actually releases….thats cool is it?? :S

  • luke

    And by the way….LA fans that are on the wrong side of town…this is as good as its gonna get,sorry to break it to you.

  • L33tSauce

    Novak is still in the NBA? Damn… Go people from Marquette! (Flash for MVP)

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    oh I love Ralph Lawler. I’m glad he got to finally go insane

  • http://www.utahjazz.com Mr. QX

    Gotta love the announcer… XD

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    luke: No, just that even if they noticed on replays that he was OOB, it’s not something that could be reversed. When it came to him being in or out, the call on the floor was going to stand. The only thing open to discussion when it came to the replay was a) was it a two or three, and b) did he get the shot off in time. Besides, he was inbounds anyway.

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    I love Lawer and his law. He should defect and head to the lakers. their announcer bores/annoys me… That shot by the way looked good to me. no out of bounds

  • stokesey

    Lawer and the Sonics old announcer Collabro(sorry if its spelt wrong) are my faves especially Collabro, who is he announcing for now anyway, i swear i heard him the other day but for the life of me i cant remember…:(

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Today in the Rockets/Hornets game, Carl Landry was standing behind the referee in the second quarter, Von Wafer came through the lane, Landry stepped onto the court and got the feed and dunked it down- ref was right there, and no call. So it doesn’t look like a mistake anyways.
    Sad that the Rockets let Novak go… he did such good Deke impersonations lol. Dude could shoot the heck out of the ball, co sign RV!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    I love how Novak dodges all his teammates attempts to congratulate him.