Why one NBA player liked how Gary Trent Jr.'s buzzer beater over the Wizards was officiated

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Why one NBA player was happy with Gary Trent Jr.'s buzzer beater vs Wizards originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

When Gary Trent Jr.'s buzzer-beating 3-point attempt went in to help the Raptors defeat the Wizards in dramatic fashion on Monday night, Washington point guard Raul Neto pleaded for a foul that didn't come. 

Neto, who had just missed a reverse layup attempt at the other end, pressured Trent coming down the court but hit the floor when Trent extended his right arm to create separation. The referees stayed silent, skeptical the contact was enough to send Neto to the hardwood that emphatically. 

Shortly after the game ended, Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic tweeted his support for the no-call, unsurprisingly siding with the clutch offense rather than Neto's claims for a foul. 

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"I like this no call!!! No flopping when is a game on the line," Bodganovic wrote with a shrugging emoji. 

Bogdanovic siding with the offense on a bang-bang play like this is not shocking, especially considering the 28-year-old nailed a buzzer beater of his own against the Lakers in December 2018 when he was on the Kings. There was no appeals for an offensive foul on that one, though. 

While Trent's purposeful momentum makes it difficult to gauge how forceful his off-hand motion on Neto's chest truly was, the size difference offers some insight. Trent is a 6-foot-6, 209-pound athletic guard has quite the physical advantage over a 6-foot-1, 179-pound Neto. 

But when it comes down to the last shot, offensive players given more leeway to get an open look will never anger shot-makers like Bodganovic.