robbie84 wrote:my god the refs gave the Celtics a bad game.
How many lives does Giannis get? I hope this was just rust for the refs because they took the Celtics out of a real chance of winning that game IMO. Considering how poorly Tatum played too, it was a decent outing.
And the "foul" or the Marcus Smart "kick" which didn't happen and was an egregious flop.
Boston fans don't want to mention either of these though, because then the Theis call would have been foul 4 or 5 instead of foul 6, and they'd all just have to sit down.
The Theis call was weird. I don't think you call that as that stage of the game for either team, but I'd understand it if they did. I thought for sure he was out given they'd stopped play for a "hostile act." Theis's reaction to what happened on the floor (which I do believe was played up, but that's the game) triggered the hostile act review rather than a referee seeing the play directly.
The Block on Smart was 100% correct. You cannot be moving and sliding into position when a player is in the air. When Giannis takes off, Smart is well within the circle. Anyone who thinks that's a charge is blind.
To get into a legal position, the defender needs to establish himself in the path of the offensive player before contact is made, thus “beating him to the spot,” and before he starts his upward shooting motion.
However, he must always allow an airborne offensive player the space to land.
That's a no, and it's a no. Block.