Celtics Livid After Last-Second Foul Costs Them Game Against Bulls (Videos)
The Boston Celtics were not happy with the way they lost to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Not one little bit.
The Celtics had a 103-102 lead with five seconds left the play. Jimmy Butler took the ball for the Bulls, sized up his defender, Marcus Smart, then opted for his signature step-back jumper. However, the shot missed, and time expired, so the Celtics thought they’d pulled off a gritty road victory.
Then came the whistle.
After taking the shot, Butler turned to the refs looking for the foul, and the refs called it. So Butler went to the line and made both free throws to give the Bulls a 104-103 victory.
The foul? Highly questionable. Take a look:
After the game, Celtics players sounded off.
“Horrible call,” said guard Isaiah Thomas. “It was a bad call that cost us the game. I thought we won. I ran out onto the court…then you see him raise his hand up like it was a foul. The Bulls were even shocked. It’s horrible when it cost you a game that you should have won. That’s a bad call”
Point guard Marcus Smart was also frustrated.
“When Jimmy shot the ball I heard him scream, ‘No Foul?’ As soon as he said that the whistle blew and I looked and I saw (the ref) raise his hand for the foul. I couldn’t believe it,” Smart said. “It was a big letdown, especially for me. I’m one of the best defenders in this league. I played great defense there, I know I did. I moved my feet, I did everything right, my hands were up. I got punished for playing good defense, I guess.”
Of course, Jimmy Butler thought the referees did a tremendous job.
“A foul is a foul,” Butler told the Chicago Tribune. “He hit my elbow.”
If you say so, Jimmy.
Hat Tip – [The Score]