J. Michael Falgoust: League concludes Horford’s screen on final play was legal but Smart’s screen that led to Jerebko breaking 106 tie illegal #CavsCeltics
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The NBA said in a Last Two Minute report Saturday that the Celtics should have had an extra second on the clock before the final play in the Washington Wizards’ 92-91 triumph on Friday. Thomas missed a rushed, off-balance 3-point heave before the final buzzer.
“I could take another dribble. I could have got past [Markieff] Morris, probably. A little bit, got a little bit more separation,” Thomas said after Boston’s off-day practice on Sunday. “It is what it is. We can’t worry about that. It just sucks that they came out with it and said we should have had another second.”
Scott Souza: #Celtics coach Brad Stevens in lost second in Game 6: Understand it’s not reviewable. Stuff happens. You have to move on.
Kyle Draper: NBA admits clock ran an extra second to 1.7 when Olynyk was fouled. Says clock should have been stopped earlier but play not reviewable.
Jeff Zillgitt: From NBA Last Two-Minute Report on Celtics-Wizards: Horford should’ve been called for illegal screen on A.Bradley shot giving Cs 89-87 lead.
Jay King: Isaiah Thomas on Oubre-Olynyk: “They know who to go at. The whole NBA knows certain players they can target and certain players they can’t.”
Jay King: Isaiah Thomas on Oubre suspension: “He should be suspended.”
Jay King: Kelly Olynyk: “I don’t think I’m a dirty player. My teammates don’t think I’m a dirty player.”
Jay King: Olynyk on Oubre: “I don’t really know him that well. I thought he was a good guy.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Oubre says he reached out and apologized to ref Monty McCutcheon after ejection #WizCeltics
The NBA is suspending the Washington Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. for Game 4 on Sunday, league sources told The Vertical. Oubre, 21, will serve a one-game penalty for shoving Boston’s Kelly Olynyk to the floor in a Wizards Game 3 victory on Thursday.
Candace Buckner: Can confirm @Adrian Wojnarowski’s info: #Wizards F Kelly Oubre Jr. will be suspended for Game 4 vs BOS on Sunday
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has felt ignored by officials whenever he aggressively drives to the rim. This has been his season-long gripe that naturally has carried over to the rough-and-tumble playoff series against the Boston Celtics. “No. Nah,” Wall responded when asked directly if he believes he gets respect from officials.
While this is nothing new, on Thursday Wall revealed for the first time that he views himself similarly to LeBron James in this aspect. “I think I get the same treatment as LeBron gets when he drives,” Wall said ahead of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal round. “I think I’m too big and physical, so guys bounce off me and they think I’m supposed to play through it, so I just keep playing and, like, coach tells me, don’t worry about it. Just try to finish plays without worrying about the fouls. So that’s all I can do.”
Candace Buckner: I. Thomas on Oubre: “I don’t know what he was doing. I mean the screens we’ve been setting…for the most part, I think they’ve been legal.”
Mark Murphy: Beal & Wall make their case for more calls. Beal: ““I get held up coming off every screen. Coming off a pick-and-roll, I get held.”
Brooks delivered the line like he did not want to discuss the officiating. But he returned to the topic later, unprovoked, to share a desire for the Celtics to keep their hands off Bradley Beal. The shooting guard scored just 14 points on 4-for-15 shooting and committed six turnovers. He also missed some critical shots, including a potential game-winner at the end of regulation. “We have to do a better job of getting their hands off of him, one,” Brooks said. “If they’re going to allow him to be guarded that way we’ve got to make some adjustments ourselves. We’re going to look at the film and try to figure out how to get their hands off him. You’re not allowed to do that, but we have to figure out how to get some better looks for him. But that’s part of something we have to figure that out as a staff.”
Spencer Checketts: Rudy: “I tried to play basketball tonight, but maybe I just wasn’t allowed.”
When a reporter asked Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg if Isaiah Thomas carried the ball during the Boston Celtics’ Game 5 win on Wednesday night, Hoiberg abruptly stood up and left the podium. “No,” was all he said before getting up and walking away.
The NBA said an investigation “is underway” into Rockets’ owner Leslie Alexander’s getting up from his courtside seat to have a few words with official Bill Kennedy in the first half. Alexander appeared to say something to Kennedy during a Thunder possession before returning to his seat.
Alexander declined to give any detail beyond he was “upset … really upset.” Rockets guard James Harden said he didn’t see his owner get up. “He did that?” a surprised Harden said after the game. “He’s the coolest guy. I would have helped him.”
Jenny Dial Creech: Les Alexander said he wasn’t going to talk about getting up to talk to ref. He just said he was upset at the time it happened.
David Hardisty: Rockets owner Les Alexander just got out of his seat, walked all the way over to the ref and said something.
If there’s one thing Stern doesn’t love – never has, and never will – it’s the chronic complaints from coaches about officiating this time of year. Here’s looking at you David Fizdale and Fred Hoiberg. “(It’s) really just a modern version of what a coach tries to do to inspire his players and attempt to influence the officiating,” Stern said. “That’s as old as Pat Riley and Phil Jackson (doing it) back in the day. If the moon is up during the playoffs – (if it’s not) on a Sunday or a Saturday afternoon – the coaches will be baying at the moon and at the officiating.
The NBA said Monday that two crucial traveling violations went uncalled in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round closeout win in Game 4 over the Indiana Pacers. According to the league’s Last Two Minute Report, LeBron James moved his pivot foot at the start of his dribble before sinking a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:14 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Cavs’ 106-102 win. Indiana’s Paul George had a shot at a potential tying 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds remaining that the league also determined should not have counted because George also moved his pivot foot before starting his dribble.
Daryl Morey: Interesting photo from the great @coomerchron
KC Johnson: Rajon Rondo is appealing his fine but otherwise declined comment about his fine.
The facts of NBA life, as explained by Nelson and other former coaches Bleacher Report interviewed, may be universally accepted, but Fizdale’s assertion that Gregg Popovich’s pedigree gives his team an unfair advantage over a team with a first-year coach is dangerous, according to P.J. Carlesimo. The former head coach, and Popovich’s top assistant from 2002-07, cautioned Fizdale about making his complaint seem personal. “‘Fiz’ is treading on very, very thin ice,” Carlesimo said. “To even imply that the officials ref the Spurs differently, or Kawhi differently, is not a good place to go. I don’t know what he intended, but if he is implying the officials are not being fair because it’s Kawhi vs. Zach [Randolph] or David Fizdale vs. Gregg Popovich, that’s not something you want to be even hinting at.”
Anyone who expects a dramatic reversal of officiating fortunes in Thursday’s Game 3 at FedEx Forum may want to lower expectations. “It will have zero effect on officiating,” Carlesimo said. “Every crew, even in the first round, will have officials who have worked hundreds of playoff games, and the chance of their being swayed by a coach’s comments or what is written in the press is zero. They are above it. It’s the way it should be. The league has their back, and they could care less what is said.
Those numbers only got bigger in the second half, as the Grizzlies shot 35 times in the paint but only took 15 free throws, while the Spurs shot 18 times in the paint yet took 32 free throws. Fizdale became increasingly unhappy as spoke, saying, “Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me.” If you were thinking that Fizdale may be teetering on if he’ll get a fine or not, this part should end that discussion. “It’s unfortunate that I got a guy like Mike Conley who in whole career has zero technical fouls. He just cannot seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves. We don’t get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn’t go crazy. He has class, and he just plays the game, but I’m not gonna let them treat us that way. I know Pop has pedigree and I’m a young rookie but they’re not gonna ‘rook’ us. That’s unacceptable that was unprofessional. My guys dug in that game and earned to be in that game but they did not even give us a chance. Take that for data.”
Jabari Young: Fizdale went off… #Grizzlies #Spurs
Gary Washburn: The technical foul against Isaiah Thomas in Game 1 vs. #Bulls has been rescinded by the NBA #Celtics
Gary Washburn: On the play, Thomas thought he was fouled by Cristiano Felicio on a drive and gave Kane Fitzgerald a whatever wave after no-call. #Celtics
Charles F. Gardner: The NBA has rescinded the technical foul called on Giannis Antetokounmpo late in the fourth quarter of Game 1 Saturday, league confirms.
Charles F. Gardner: DeRozan took some offense but Giannis said after the game he was not gesturing at the Raptors player and was just “excited.”
Josh Lewenberg: Casey on Delly: “He’s not in our minds. I didn’t go to bed thinking about Dellavedova”, but reiterated many of his screens were illegal
After the game, George went off on the officials. You can see the video above via CSNPhilly.com, but here are the highlights. “I mean, y’all know how I feel about the officials, and tonight I really have no faith in them. I’ve been warning them all night what he’s going to do, stuff he’s doing, and they allowed this s— to go on. He was throwing jabs, throwing punches at my stomach all night, and I didn’t retaliate until late in the game when they weren’t doing s— about it. So he pulled me down, I get a double tech for doing nothing. And then throw an elbow at my neck, I get another tech for nothing. So I really don’t have no respect, nothing is there for the officiating. S—– officiating job… “It was physical all night. And again, they didn’t do nothing after I warned them a couple of times of what’s going on. They did nothing about it, nothing about it. It’s crazy.”
Kyrie Irving should not have been called for charging late in overtime and of course the two Hawks who tied him up for a jump ball at the end of regulation Sunday were out of bounds, according to an officiating review of Cleveland’s 126-125 loss released Monday by the NBA.
LeBron James was upset over several calls, but the the report upheld at least two of the whistles against him. James said official Leroy Richardson was quick to call him for a five-second violation trying to inbound the ball with 18.7 seconds left in regulation, and that he did not commit what was his sixth foul on Millsap with 1:52 to go in overtime. Both calls were deemed correct.
After failing to protect a 26-point fourth-quarter lead in their 126-125 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, several members of the Cleveland Cavaliers found fault in the officials for contributing to their collapse. “It wasn’t a foul on my sixth foul,” said LeBron James, who fouled out with 1:52 remaining in overtime and the Cavs up by three, for contact with Atlanta’s Paul Millsap while jostling for rebounding position. “I knew I had five [fouls]. I knew the ball was going long. So I may have grazed Millsap a little bit, but I mean, throughout the course of a game [that happens]. I didn’t push him or anything like that.”
James was asked to share the explanation that Richardson gave him for turning down his timeout request. “He told me that I’m not allowed to call timeout because he didn’t know who had possession of the ball,” James said. “And I was the one who entered the ball to Kyrie. And as soon as I seen Millsap go trap Kyrie in the short corner, I looked at him and called timeout twice — at least twice — and he wasn’t even paying me no attention. And that’s when the jump ball happened. I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘I can’t call timeout because I don’t know who has possession of the ball. I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know the tie up.’ I said, ‘That doesn’t make any sense because we have the ball. I entered the ball to Kyrie, so you shouldn’t even be worried about the tie up or not. I’m calling it as soon as I saw Kyrie is getting tied up in the corner.’ So I’ve never heard that one before. I’ve never heard that explanation before in my life.”
But when asked about the officiating after the game, Kyrie Irving had one question before answering: ““How much is the fine for talking about the refs?” “How much is the fine for talking about the refs?” Kyrie wanted clarity before deciding whether to discuss key calls that hurt the @cavs. pic.twitter.com/grwEqCVDDA — FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) April 9, 2017 Is it like, 50? 25? Not worth it,” he said. “Not worth it.I had some good conversation with the refs, and, you know, just a few plays that didn’t go our way. That’s not the first step that led to the breakdown of what happened in that fourth quarter.”
LeBron James said he received an explanation from referee Leroy Richardson that he’s “never heard in my 14-year career” about why the Cavs didn’t get a timeout called before Kyrie Irving was controversially tied up for a jump ball in the closing seconds of regulation in a stunning overtime loss to the Hawks Sunday.
“He told me that I’m not allowed to call timeout because he didn’t know who had possession of the ball,” James said, relaying what Richardson said to him. “And I was the one who entered the ball to Kyrie. And as soon as I seen Millsap go trap Kyrie in the short corner, I looked at him and called timeout twice — at least twice — and he wasn’t even paying me no attention.”
Irving, who was incensed when Richardson called him for the charge late in overtime, when asked for his thoughts on that call and the jump ball asked how much in would cost him in fines from the NBA to answer the question. “How much is the fine for talking about the refs,” Irving began. “It’s like 50 (thousand dollars), 25 (thousand)? Not worth it. Not worth it, so, sorry. I had some good conversation with the refs. Just a few plays that didn’t go our way.”
TJ McBride: Jokic on his technical foul: “I ask him why and he said he didn’t want to talk to me. I didn’t curse or anything.”
Chris Kroeger: Steve Clifford has been ejected after receiving his second tech tonight v #Celtics. This is the first ejection of his career. #Hornets
In an interview on The Vertical podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey went on the record with some of his complaints with how the Jazz are officiated, including some more concrete data from the league’s confidential reports that cover the entire 48 minutes of every NBA game. “The data does tell us at times, that when we’re grabbed, held, pushed or pulled, it’s about every third or fourth game that it’s not appropriately called, we’ll suffer from what’s called a high-discrepancy game, which we define as a margin of four or more missed calls in either direction,” Lindsey explained. “Over a three-year period, the high-discrepancy games were 12-72 against us,” Lindsey said.
John Wall: No surprise RT @CandaceDBuckner: If you’re wondering about John Wall’s 15th technical…the No. 15 will stand, I’ve learned. If Wall reaches 16, he will face 1 gm suspension
Candace Buckner: Brooks hasn’t heard from league re: 15th technical possibly being rescinded. “Hopefully it is & if not we still have to go play basketball.”
Andy Larsen: John Wall was fined $15,000 for his public criticism of officiating after the Wizards loss to the Jazz this week.
“I had to get this bandaged up because I’m bleeding and the ref told me ‘that’s not a foul,’” Wall said. “It’s getting out of hand. If you want us to compete at a high level like we’ve been doing – we didn’t lose this game. The refs made us lose this game. We fought hard, we gave ourselves a chance but you don’t shoot no 31 free throws to 16 the way we attack the basket as a team. That’s how I feel about it. I tried to get some (technical fouls) rescinded before, it never works for my favor. Other players have and they got it. So, all I can do is just keep my mouth shut like I’ve been doing. I could see if I would’ve got a flagrant-1 but a technical off of that? That’s outrageous.”
Candace Buckner: Coach Scott Brooks, who’s usually reserved abt these matters, had much to say about Wall’s tech : “They said it was a hostile act… I’ve been around a lot of fights back when I played. C’mon. ‘Hostile act?’ Really? It’s ridiculous.”
Eddie Sefko: Normally mild mannered, Devin Harris is booted after two techs for arguing with ref Ben Taylor. Then Carlisle picks up a tech. Crazy.
That buzzer-beating tip in by Hassan Whiteside last night that lifted the Miami Heat to victory over the Detroit Pistons? It never should have happened. Officials missed two away-from-the-ball fouls against the Heat during the final possession of Miami’s 97-96 win, it was revealed Wednesday in the National Basketball Association’s latest 2-minute report.
Physical play in the paint as Ryan Anderson attempted to defend DeMarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets’ 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans led to two official video reviews, two common fouls and terse words afterward from both opposing forwards. “Flop, review, flop, review, flop, review,” Cousins said, in summation.
Officials reviewed the play and did not deem it a flagrant foul. “This is the second time in a week my lip gets split open and I got elbowed in the face,” Anderson said. “This has been a week of me getting hit in the face. It’s a part of it. It’s good. “I want to be physical. With DeMarcus, he’s a guy, he’s such an elite player, when he gets frustrated it’s when he’s at his worst. It’s part of the game plan to get DeMarcus frustrated and the moment he realizes that he’ll be that much better of a player. You want to get into him. You want to make him frustrated and that’s what I tried to do tonight. If it takes a few hits to the face, that’s what it takes.”
Tim MacMahon: J.J. Barea was called for a flagrant 2 and tossed after a push to the neck that sent Blake Griffin sprawling. Barea laughed at the ruling.
Dwight Howard is clearly frustrated. The Hawks center was assessed a technical foul in the third quarter after game officials reviewed contact between him and Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic. Referee Marc Davis questioned whether there was a “hostile act” when Howard’s arm went behind him after he followed a shot attempt in close to the basket. Nurkic fell to the ground. Davis ruled a technical foul citing Howard “flailed” his arm and made contact in a “physical taunt.”
On the technical foul: “I just think it was B.S. to be honest with you. I can’t sit up here and sugarcoat it. Player taunting. Me hitting someone in the chest. It shouldn’t be even reviewed. It should be going down on the next play and getting ready to play defense. Instead it was reviewed and said that I hit him in the face. You go look at the replay and it’s nowhere near his face. I don’t like it. Everybody should be treated the same way on the floor. No matter how strong you are, big you are, small you are, whatever it is. It’s NBA. It’s no boys allowed. We are all grown men out there. You have to be able to play out there.”
Aaron Falk: Asked Gordon Hayward about the Jimmy Butler play. His response? “You must be trying to get me fined”
CSN Northwest: VIDEO: Damian Lillard on the non-review: “That’s BS” #RipCity
Q: Why isn’t that play reviewable? Mott: “That is the rule, it’s not a trigger.” Q: Have you seen the replay since the game ended and what would your ruling be had you been able to review it? Mott: “Yes, we looked at it and if it was reviewable, it would have been called out of bounds, Portland’s ball.”
As bizarre as that exchange was, Green wouldn’t be outdone. He waited for approximately 45 minutes before addressing the media. “That’s a long time,” he said. “I contemplated for a long time whether I was just going to give the 25-[thousand dollars] up and wash my hands with it. I’m going to go buy myself a nice watch tonight with that $25,000 I thought about spending tonight. I’m going to post it on Twitter. Not Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat. I’m going to go buy myself a nice gift for the discipline I showed tonight.”
Anthony Slater: Steve Kerr unhappy with a couple late calls tonight: “Wiggins did not get fouled. Our guys went vertical.” pic.twitter.com/r5f7EpwaPU
Chris Mannix: Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been suspended one game for making contact with a referee, per the NBA. Incident happened on Friday.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan got it right Wednesday night when he said Kawhi Leonard traveled just before sinking the game-winning basket in the Spurs’ 100-99 win, the NBA said Thursday. “I thought he traveled before he took that shot,” McMillan told reporters. Following a timeout with 8.5 seconds left — after Monta Ellis missed a pair of free throws — Leonard swished a fadeaway jumper over fellow All-Star Paul George at the 2.4-second mark to give the Spurs the lead by the final score.
On Thursday, the NBA concluded Leonard’s shot should not have counted, saying the refs made an “incorrect non-call” with 4.4 seconds left. “Leonard gathers the ball with his right hand and establishes his left foot as his pivot,” according to the report. “He then switches to his right foot prior to the shot attempt.” But the Pacers also got away with a travel when guard Jeff Teague moved his pivot foot with 23.8 seconds left, according to the report. The Pacers, of course, only focused on the missed call against Leonard.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan got it right when he said Wednesday night that forward Kawhi Leonard traveled just before sinking the game-winning basket in the Spurs’ 100-99 win, the NBA said Thursday. “I thought he traveled before he took that shot,” McMillan told reporters afterward.
Following a timeout with 8.5 seconds left after Indiana’s Monta Ellis missed a pair of free throws, Leonard swished the game-winner with a turnaround jumper over fellow All-Star Paul George with 2.4 seconds. But it shouldn’t have counted, the NBA said.
Rod Beard: #Pistons may miss #Pelicans DeMarcus Cousins tomorrow, after he got his 18th technical and is set to miss the game — unless it’s rescinded.
Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard should not have been ejected from Monday night’s 114-98 win, the NBA said in a statement. Howard was ejected with 4:03 remaining in the third quarter against the Boston Celtics when he received his second technical foul of the game, for taunting, after pulling himself up on the rim following an emphatic dunk.
Cousins reached a suspension-triggering 16th technical foul more quickly than anyone in NBA history. From there, every other technical results in a one-game suspension, and the one last night was his 18th. Cousins: I don’t feel I did anything wrong to receive it. So, hopefully the league handles it the right way and hopefully I get the benefit of the doubt.
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The Spurs are reportedly exploring the feasibility of a massive acquisition of Paul, but the odds of the stars aligning for San Antonio reportedly aren’t realistic according to Adrian Wojnarowski, who appeared on CBS Sports Radio on Sunday with Gary Parrish to discuss where Paul might land.
“Not that I see,” Wojnarowski said of Paul’s chances of ending up with the Spurs. “I don’t know where that came from. I’ve spent a lot of time around the Spurs this spring. They would have to just tear up that entire payroll. It’s almost unlike anything the Spurs would’ve done or would do to even have a chance at him. I mean, they’d have to really gut the roster. And to do that for a 30-plus year old point guard, who has a couple great years left, there’s no question — I think there’s more pressure on the Clippers to have to re-sign him than for the Spurs to turn their whole franchise over to make a run at him.”
“Listen, Chris Paul, financially, the difference with him staying in L.A. and to get paid, I’d have a hard time imagining him leaving there,” continued Wojnarowski. “There’s so much money for him to be made and at that Los Angeles market, just in terms of his marketing endorsements, I still think they’re a pretty overwhelming favorite to re-sign him.”
Have they told you they’re going to pick up that option? Bryn Forbes: “Not explicitly, but they don’t really tell you much explicitly, ‘This is what’s going to happen.’ From making the team, I didn’t know what to expect. (Popovich) told me after the last (preseason) game that I made the team. Every step of the way, you find out that last day, even if you thought you knew from the jump.”
Did you know Coach Popovich was going to play you that much? Bryn Forbes: “His style is to just kind of throw you in the fire sometimes, when you least expect it. You come to the game like, ‘Ah, I probably won’t play this one, I’ll probably just be sitting,’ and boom, you’re in the game in the second quarter. You’ve just got to stay prepared. For him to put his trust in me, you always want to show up when he does that, so that he feels more comfortable putting me out there.”
Kevin Durant on Bob Myers: “He doesn’t walk around like he’s the leader. We know he makes the big decisions but we work together, all of us, him and Steve especially. If you see Bob walking with a group of Warriors employees, you wouldn’t know he’s Bob Myers, the president of the team. He just fits in with everybody.”