The NBA has released its two-minute report for the ending of Sunday’s Celtics-Bucks game. It includes something that Milwaukee fans are not going to like.
Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out of the overtime contest with 13 seconds left in overtime. Milwaukee was trailing Boston, 113-110. Giannis was called for an over-the-back foul, his 6th.
The star forward was incredibly upset with the call. He – and the rest of his team – believed a jump ball should’ve been called.
This was the play:
Look how far the ref is who called the foul on Giannis compared to the other ref who called a jump ball. pic.twitter.com/OZZNNclrWD
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 15, 2018
And this was the reaction from Giannis:
Giannis called for a foul, and fouls out pic.twitter.com/yZo5ozhj7u
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) April 15, 2018
The NBA has since come out and said the referees got the call wrong. It should’ve been called a jump ball.
Clearly, this is a call that changed the game. If Milwaukee had been granted a jump ball, Giannis could’ve won it and the Bucks could’ve had a chance to tie the game. Instead, Boston iced it after the foul out.
This wasn’t the only call the referees got wrong, though. A couple of others were missed.
According to NBA's Last 2 Minute report, Antetokounmpo shouldn't have been called for his 6th foul (contact w/Rozier) or his charge w/1:33 left in the 4th. But he should have been called for traveling w/15.4 left in OT and for 10-second violations on a number of his free throws.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) April 16, 2018
Game 2 of the Celtics-Bucks series is set for Tuesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. E.T. Milwaukee is going to need a big game from Giannis.