750 The Game Staff
The Trail Blazers played the Oklahoma City Thunder tough on Tuesday night in OKC. But the NBA is always about drama, and the Trail Blazers were right in the middle of it.
With 15 seconds left in the game and the Blazers up one Malcom Brogdon got called for a double dribble giving the Thunder the basketball. Head coach Chauncey Billups claimed he was calling timeout from the sidelines and the refs didn’t hear. Billups started arguing with the referees and ended up getting two technical fouls and was kicked out of the game. The Thunder made a free throw to tie the game and the Jalen Williams made a game winning jump shot to give the Thunder a 111-109 victory.
The internet had a ton of reactions to the controversial call and ejection.
The Portland Trail Blazers Did The Most Obvious Tanking Move Ever Last Night https://t.co/RoxDARlD7p
— Steven Cheah (@StevenCheah) January 24, 2024
ESPN Sources: Portland is filing a protest with the league office to challenge result of 111-109 loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday. With 109-108 lead, Portland contends Chauncey Billups was clearly calling timeout prior to official whistling a Blazers double-dribble with 15.6…
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 24, 2024
if this was ruled a travel: it would be a no-brainer to deny the protest because it looks simultaneous based on his mouth.
but since a double-dribble was the call, that action doesnt occur until a bit after.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 24, 2024
Blazers HC Chauncey Billups was given two technical fouls at the end of the 4th, ejecting him from the game. 😬 pic.twitter.com/AMHn5LXTWS
— Bally Sports Oklahoma (@BallySportsOK) January 24, 2024