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The Controversy That Nobody Noticed From The 2016 NBA Finals

The Controversy That Nobody Noticed From The 2016 NBA Finals

The 2016 NBA Finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will forever go down in history as one of the most exciting Finals series in the record books of the NBA, as the Cavaliers managed to scrape back from 3-1 down to a 73-9 team to capture their first world championship.

Obviously, Golden State Warriors fans were unhappy with the result of the Finals, as they had just posted the best regular season record of all-time, and -- as any fan would -- thought they would run away with the Larry O'Brien trophy. That wasn't the case however, and excuses started to flow from the Warrior faithful, just like every losing team's fanbase before them, including the Cavs the previous year.

Many pointed to the suspension of star power forward Draymond Green as the turning point of the series, as the defensive extraordinaire racked up one too many technical fouls, forcing the league office to suspend him from Game 6.

But GSW fans may have just found a new way to undermine the Cavs victory in 2016, thanks to @Wide_World_Wob on Twitter.

As you can clearly see from the image, Cleveland had seven players on the court with time remaining on the clock in a 4-point Game 7 in the Finals.

Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Iman Shumpert and Kyrie Irving were the five active players for the Cavs, while Kevin Love and what seems to be Mo Williams step onto the court with 0.5 seconds remaining.

If this was any other situation, the referees would have more than likely called a violation on the Cavs, resulting in one free throw and possession for Golden State. With 0.5 seconds left, who knows what Curry or Thompson could've thrown up and hit to force OT. Teams are not allowed to have more than five players on the court at once, it's as simple as that.

Obviously though, no ref in the world would've blown his whistle on such a menial call, as the entire state of Ohio would have lynched him. Refs do seem to give more leniency to teams regarding this violation when it comes to the end of games, especially a title-winning one.

But it's funny to imagine what would have happened if the rules were strictly upheld during this game. Could the Warriors have forced OT with a 4-point turnaround in half a second and claim their second-straight title? Would KD have left OKC if Golden State won the chip in 2016? Would Kyrie still be in Cleveland? A simple whistle would have changed everything.