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Dwyane Wade, like wife Gabrielle Union, rips NBA’s two-minute reports


Dwyane Wade on Friday criticized the NBA for its use of the Officiating Last Two Minute Report, calling the practice “pointless.” Instead, the Miami Heat superstar suggests it would be a better option for the league implement a system where the entire game is reviewed.

“It does nothing for us or for any other team,” Wade said of a win-or-go-home Game 6 showdown with the Charlotte Hornets, via ESPN. “Go through the whole game and break it down, and I think it will help the refs and the league continue to grow. But those last two minutes; that’s not a good thing.”

The Two Minute Report is a breakdown league officials release for every game that is within five points at the two-minute mark of regulation or overtime. The reports are a means through which the NBA can critique or defend calls made by referees made in the waning moments of close games.

Wade was at the center of a controversial play very late in Wednesday’s 90-88 loss to Charlotte that pushed Miami to the brink of elimination. Wade appeared to draw contract from both Cody Zeller and guard Courtney Lee with less than five seconds remaining in the game. Instead of a foul being called, Wade lost the ball and the Hornets held on for the win.

Wade and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra argued a foul should have been called on the play. Gabrielle Union, Wade’s wife, took it a step further, taking to Twitter to blast the non-call. In one tweet, Union even specifically mentioned the Two Minute Report.

The report issued for Wendesday’s game argued officials made the right call. And in a bit of gloating, the official Twitter account for NBA referees trolled Union in a subsequent post.

All the Twitter tomfoolery aside, Wade was asked if it would be preferable in his opinion for the NBA not to publicize the reports at all.

“I would,” Wade said. “What does it do? Maybe they should give the definition — the consequences — of what’s it really doing. I don’t think the last two minutes is a real indication of transparency, because it’s a 48-minute game. It could have been something done early in the game being the reason I didn’t get that call in the last two minutes.”