Controversial No-Call Marred Pistons' Loss To Knicks: Coach Monty Williams Calls It An "Abomination"

Photo: Instagram/Monty Williams

On Monday, in a heated post-game interview, Detroit Pistons coach Monty Williams expressed frustration over a critical no-call in the final seconds of their 113-111 loss to the New York Knicks.

Williams slammed the officiating, labeling it the "absolute worst call of the season" and stating, "That's an abomination."

The disputed play occurred with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Pistons guard Ausar Thompson appeared to make a game-sealing steal, only for no foul to be called as he collided with Knicks guard Donte DiVincenzo. The subsequent turnover led to a game-winning layup by the Knicks.

Photo: Instagram/Monty Williams

Williams, visibly upset, emphasized that the Pistons had consistently raised concerns with the league about officiating but felt their efforts were in vain. Referee James Williams later admitted a mistake, acknowledging that a loose ball foul should have been called on DiVincenzo.

Thompson, who believed he had possession of the ball, expressed disappointment and acknowledged there were ways to avoid being in that position. The loss pushed the struggling Pistons to an 8-49 record for the season.

In the aftermath, the Pistons' locker room was described as quiet and tense. Guard Cade Cunningham summarized the team's mood as "livid," while newcomer Quentin Grimes attributed the no-call to the team's youth and lack of establishment in the league.

Despite the setback, Williams' passionate press conference resonated with the players, with Grimes noting that the coach's outburst served as motivation. The Pistons now look to regroup for their upcoming game against the Chicago Bulls, aiming to bounce back from the controversial defeat. (SOURCE: CBS Sports)

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