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Suns vs. Lakers Crew Chief Doubles Down on Timeout Call

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The crew chief for tonight’s Suns vs. Lakers game, Josh Tiven, affirmed that the officials made the right call on the game-deciding, controversial timeout with seven seconds left.

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Kevin Durant had just cut the deficit to two on a nice layup. Both Booker and Durant had five fouls, and they did not a good job of trapping not fouling Austin Reaves on the ensuing Lakers’ inbound. Reaves coughed up the ball, but LeBron James appeared to be granted a timeout while it was loose. The Suns ended up losing 106-103.

Here is what Tiven told the game’s pool reporter: “During live play the official felt that LA still had possession of the ball when LeBron James requested the timeout.  Through postgame video review in slow motion replay, we did see that Austin Reaves had his left hand on the ball while it’s pinned against his left leg, which does constitute control.”

Even though other NBA players and fans of other teams are very confused why LA was awarded a timeout, the officials are doubling down on their call.

After the game, Devin Booker said he did not receive an explanation on the call, while coach Frank Vogel said he did, but it was “not a good one.”

The Suns are now eliminated from the NBA In-Season Tournament and will next play the Kings at home at 7 p.m. MST on Friday.

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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