Jimmy Butler’s game-tying 3-point attempt came up short, but it appeared that Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra wanted to call a timeout before Butler’s final shot.
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After Miami grabbed the rebound, Spoelstra immediately signaled for what looked to be a timeout, but the official ran right past him without making the call.
Spoelstra then seemed to allow the play to happen, but Butler’s shot came up short.
While Miami would have had a chance to run a play out of a timeout, there is no guarantee that it would’ve given it a better look than Butler’s pull-up jumper.
Still, Heat fans will be left wondering if the outcome could have been changed had Spoelstra been granted the timeout.
The Heat are now 22-21 on the season and currently are the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference after today’s loss.