Celtics guard Marcus Good stated that the referees gave him an “excuse” in explaining their choice to overturn a cost name towards reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo within the closing minutes of Boston’s 119-112 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night time, a name that might have brought on Antetokounmpo to foul out of the sport.
“Want we obtained a greater one,” Good stated when requested if he’d acquired an evidence for the decision. “The excuse was I used to be late on drawing the cost.
“Fairly frankly, I believe everyone knows what that was about. It was Giannis’ sixth foul. [They] did not wish to get him out. Let’s simply name that spade a spade.”
The play, which got here on the 1-minute, 28-second mark of the fourth quarter, would have given the ball again to the Celtics with the rating tied at 107. It additionally would have despatched Antetokounmpo to the bench for the remainder of the sport. As a substitute, he was given a basket when the decision was modified to a block — a basket that got here after Antetokounmpo made a dribble transfer to pretend out Jayson Tatum, then did a Eurostep to get into the lane and to the basket.
After Antetokounmpo made the free throw, Jaylen Brown missed a 3-pointer on Boston’s ensuing possession and Khris Middleton answered with a made Three of his personal, giving Milwaukee a 113-107 lead it would not relinquish the remainder of the best way in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Antetokounmpo stated he felt Good was transferring on the play.
“To start with, that is his opinion. However on the finish of the day, after I had the dialog with him, I respect him as a participant,” Antetokounmpo stated of Good afterward.
“I believe he is a fantastic participant. One factor I respect about him is that he is the primary man on the ground, he trusts his teammates, he performs arduous, he guards the perfect participant. So, that is what I informed him on the finish of the sport. I stated, ‘I respect you, I respect you play arduous and I simply play arduous.’ There’s nothing extra to that. I am not coming at you, that is not my persona. I simply attempt to keep targeted, attempt to assist my staff win, and I do know that he’ll attempt to speak on a regular basis and get me out of my recreation, and I respect that he is doing that as a result of he is attempting to get me out of my recreation. I perceive. After I sit down and I relax, I look again and I perceive what he is attempting to do.”
Antetokounmpo, already some of the bodily and tough gamers within the league to officiate, completed with 36 factors, 15 rebounds and seven assists. He repeatedly pressured the officers to make calls, or not, within the remaining couple of minutes.
One minute earlier than the cost that was overturned, Good needed a push-off to be referred to as on Antetokounmpo as he drove to the rim for a layup that put the Bucks up 107-105. It was simply one in all many bodily moments between Antetokounmpo and Good, a possible All-Defensive Crew choice, all through a bodily and aggressive recreation that noticed the groups mix to shoot 68 free throws and be referred to as for 54 fouls.
Then, after the cost was overturned, there was a overview to see if Antetokounmpo had dedicated a hostile act after he bumped into Celtics middle Daniel Theis on Milwaukee’s subsequent defensive possession. After the overview, it was decided that he didn’t.
“They simply stated [Theis] did not get hit within the abdomen,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens stated. “They stated they may not name a private foul, in order that should be if you go to the overview to see if it is a hostile act, I suppose you may’t name a private foul. That was what they informed me. So we moved on.”
Referee James Capers informed a pool reporter after the sport that Antetokounmpo was in a traditional defensive stance and touched the belt line of Theis.
“It was not within the groin space, and due to this fact there was no unlawful act on the play,” Capers stated.
Antetokounmpo then got here again down and scored his final factors of the night time on an and-1 layup within the lane over Theis to ice the sport for the Bucks, capping off a dominant particular person efficiency that helped Milwaukee survive with out place to begin guard Eric Bledsoe and key reserve Pat Connaughton, each of whom stay out as they recuperate from COVID-19.
Boston, in the meantime, obtained a dreadful 2-for-18 efficiency from Tatum, with one in all his makes coming when Antetokounmpo really tipped the ball into the basket himself. Guard Kemba Walker scored 16 factors in 19 minutes as he was restricted in his return from a sore left knee.
The Bucks, although, have been comfortable to see their star make it by the sport and decide up the win.
“Yeah, I imply, I am human,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer stated with a smile, when requested if he’d been anxious Antetokounmpo would foul out.
“There’s so many issues occurring on the court docket and I believed it was an excellent job of officiating to blow the whistle, no name and simply attempt to go and discern what had occurred and nothing had occurred. After which the block/cost, these are powerful calls. I believe that is one of many nice issues about replay and really had a big impact. We’re lucky that each of these conditions, I suppose, appropriately have been officiated and reviewed.”