Steve Kerr takes no comfort from the NBA's travelling acknowledgement

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could not hide his displeasure at the NBA's acknowledgement of an uncalled Russell Westbrook travel with 17.2 seconds remaining in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 108-102 victory over the Warriors in game one of the Western Conference finals.

It was a crucial moment in the game where the Warriors still harboured genuine hopes of turning the game around. Ultimately, the Thunder picked up a priceless victory on the road and Kerr is left wondering what could have been.

The record-setting Warriors have a chance to get back in the series at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday night and the Dubs know that they need to pick up a W and make the most of their homecourt advantage.

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Time hasn't healed Kerr's wounds just yet, though. The Golden State tactician doesn't appear impressed with the NBA's retrospective opinion that justifies his original assertion when he was questioned about the incident on Monday night.

"I thought he walked, but it wasn't called, so that's the way it goes," Kerr said.

The NBA have a policy of releasing a two-minute report on late-game officiating, and when asked on Tuesday at Golden State's practice facility whether it mattered to him that the NBA quickly admitted the travel as a result of that report, Kerr sarcastically cheered, "Yes! Yes! Yes! That's awesome,'' as he pumped his fist.

"I don't like the practice," Kerr said. "I appreciate the NBA trying to be transparent, but it's unfair to the officials. I feel like it throws them under the bus. They have an impossible job. They really do. And there are going to be bad calls both ways, every game. They're never going to be perfect. They're doing the best they can. I don't think there's any point, personally, in exposing bad calls. It doesn't serve a purpose to me."

Kerr certainly has a point. In theory, one would hope that scrutinising these decisions would help officials make the right call when faced with the same problems down the line.

However, how can referees ever continuously have pristine games? It's near on impossible and when the calls go against you - like they have for Kerr in this instance - it only serves to frustrate the wronged party.

NBA senior vice president of replay and referee operations Joe Borgia told NBA TV on Monday night in a postgame interview, "It's an unfortunate miss, but so much going on in the play, the speed of it, and officiating is about getting angles, and sometimes you just can't get them, and they did not get a great angle on that play."

Borgia's comments allude to all the variables that make practices like these reports futile. On the other side of the coin, though, the NBA should be commended for continually trying to improve the game.

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