MILWAUKEE — Each member of the Boston Celtics inside Fiserv Discussion board on Saturday afternoon was incredulous.
With the clock ticking down and the Celtics coaching by three, Boston’s Jaylen Brown handed the ball off to Marcus Smart on the perimeter. Instantly, Good tried to get his shot off with Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday giving him no area in any respect. The whistle blew straight away as Vacation’s arm whacked throughout Good’s.
Nonetheless, a lot to the delight of nearly all of the 17,736 in attendance and the chagrin of everybody within the Celtics touring social gathering, the foul was known as on the ground — a rip-through — as an alternative of a three-shot foul. Good made the primary free throw and deliberately missed the second to present Boston one other likelihood however not one of the three putbacks went in, giving Milwaukee the 103-101 win and the 2-1 lead within the best-of-seven sequence.
Boston coach Ime Udoka mentioned flat out that he felt the decision was missed.
“It was a foul. It was a foul. He caught the ball, he is turning right into a shot,” Udoka mentioned advocating for a taking pictures foul reasonably than the decision on the ground. “Each toes set. You possibly can’t say that is a sweep. You are going right into a shot. That is a poor name. Poor no-call.”
When requested what rationalization he was given, Udoka mentioned he was instructed Good was sweeping his arms.
“I noticed it in individual however I additionally noticed it on the movie that I simply went and checked out,” Udoka mentioned. “It is a shot. He is going right into a shot. He acquired fouled on the best way up. Dangerous missed name.”
When requested concerning the name postgame, Good requested each reporter within the room what their opinion was. After getting no actual response, Good mentioned, “I imply, that is all I gotta say.”
Good mentioned in that point and scenario, it made no sense for him to strive the rip by way of transfer figuring out the Celtics wanted to play for the tie.
“You want three [points] with 4.6 seconds, they know we’d like three,” Good mentioned. “We all know they’re gonna foul. It is not like he acquired me when it was down low. I used to be already in my taking pictures movement. I believed it was gonna be 3 free throws, they mentioned it wasn’t.”
As a substitute, Good made the primary free throw and deliberately missed the second to attempt to give the Celtics an opportunity. Good, Robert Williams III and Al Horford all acquired makes an attempt up however none fell. Horford’s second try, which did undergo the basket and despatched a number of the Celtics bench into celebration, was a tenth of a second after the clock expired.
“Good timed it completely,” Horford mentioned. “Was capable of get the rebound. At that time it was simply hanging across the rim. We felt like we had some attractiveness there. I believe tipped it as soon as, missed it, the second time I knew I used to be barely off so I wasn’t very optimistic. I used to be late. However we gave ourselves an opportunity there to tie it and ship it to additional time.”
Good mentioned he made the decision to try the missed free throw on his personal and let his teammates understand it was coming however indicated there might have been one other missed name as his teammates have been attempting to get pictures up on the finish.
“It was good. I missed it completely,” Good mentioned. “No one was prepared. Our guys have been. I acquired it. [Milwaukee Bucks forward Bobby Portis] pulls my shoulder which throws me off. However I acquired a great look. I acquired it on the rim. Like Al mentioned, we had just a few possibilities however it did not work out for us.”
Boston trailed by as many as 13 factors within the fourth quarter earlier than storming again to take the lead, 100-99, on a pair of Jaylen Brown free throws with 1:49 to play. Milwaukee could not reply on their ensuing possession and Boston had two possibilities to push the result in 4 however Good and Brown every missed 3-pointers.
On the subsequent time down, Giannis Antetokounmpo hit a layup to present the Bucks the lead. After one other cease, Vacation hit a bucket within the lane to push the result in 103-100 with 11.2 to go. Udoka drew up a play popping out of the timeout that might have gotten a fast two, however that was foiled by the Bucks.
“Good threw it to me within the nook,” Brown mentioned. “Jrue Vacation was on me. He did a great job of pressuring me. I used to be attempting to get to my spot and he took it away so I flipped it again to Good.”
That is when Brown mirrored on the decision on the finish of the sport.
“You gotta perceive time and rating,” he added. “We’re down three. We’re trying to get one up. I believed it was fairly apparent. All yr they have been calling that on the ground which we perceive. However time and rating, I believe they missed one.”
Vacation mentioned he thought Good was nonetheless dealing with the sidelines when the contact occurred. “That is not a taking pictures movement,” Vacation mentioned. “It wasn’t dealing with the rim.”
Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer mentioned the plan was not for the Bucks to foul up three in that scenario, however they have been lucky that the decision was only for two free throws as an alternative of three.
There have been just a few occasions the place Udoka thought of utilizing his problem earlier than deciding to go along with it on a block/cost name that went towards Grant Williams with 5:57 within the fourth quarter. With out that problem, Udoka could not ask officers to look to see if Good was within the taking pictures movement within the late game-deciding possession.
“You would like to reserve it extra in the direction of the top,” Udoka mentioned. “However their rationalization is that if they do not fall down, they do not name it. So I am going to educate my guys to flop extra.”
Regardless of the questionable name on the finish of the sport, the Celtics have been the extra aggressive staff within the remaining 16:30 of the sport. In that stretch, Boston shot 17 free throws in comparison with zero for Milwaukee. Nonetheless, there was loads of bodily play by each groups all through the competition.
However there have been occasions when Udoka noticed his staff complaining an excessive amount of and never getting again on protection. After Williams complained following a no-call on one finish, Pat Connaughton hit a 3-pointer on the opposite drawing an indignant timeout from Udoka.
“As a lot as they’re gonna allow you to play, you gotta play by way of that and have our composure,” Udoka mentioned. “If they’re gonna name it that method constantly that method on each ends, you gotta play by way of it and never bitch about calls.”
Boston shot poorly all through the sport, failing to prime 35% taking pictures in every of the primary three quarters earlier than hitting 11-of-22 pictures within the fourth — with three of these approaching putback makes an attempt late. Brown and Horford mixed to shoot 17-of-33 for 49 factors however the Celtics had an off night time from Jayson Tatum on the worst time. He completed with 10 factors, on 4-of-19 taking pictures and he missed all six of his 3-point makes an attempt.
As he did in Sport 2, Tatum entered the information convention with a black wrap round his left hand and wrist. He grabbed on the wrist after bracing himself on a dunk within the second quarter when he was fouled by Antetokounmpo. He mentioned the wrist was bothering him after that play however “it was one thing I have been coping with for most likely like two months now.” He mentioned it wasn’t something that he hasn’t needed to cope with prior to now.
Tatum mentioned he initially injured it on a fall two months in the past and that whereas relaxation would’ve accomplished him properly, it is delicate at occasions as a result of it continues to get hit. He insists the harm is healed, nonetheless.
Tatum was additionally pissed off with the staff’s efficiency total, and it was a sport he felt like they need to’ve received.
“I imply they performed properly. Gotta give them credit score,” Tatum mentioned. “However I believe the irritating half is all issues thought of, we nonetheless had alternatives and got here again and gave ourselves an opportunity to win the sport. And we did not. And that is robust.”
ESPN’s Jamal Collier contributed to this story.