Kevin Garnett gets it.
Boston did not lose to the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night because of an illegal screen call with 10 seconds left, it was the 47:50 before that where the Celtics put themselves in a position to lose. The call just meant Paul Pierce didn’t get a shot at a bail out three.
Plus, Garnett had been warned and he is not complaining abut the call, he told A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.
“Mike (Smith) was in a position, and he called it,” Garnett said afterwards. “I’m not going to make a big stink about it…
“I think Danny (Crawford, one of the other officials) had already gave me a warning about how I was setting the picks,” Garnett said…
“But that wasn’t, to me, the game,” Garnett said. “We did things going up to that point that determined the game.”
Part of that is KG not wanting to be fined. But part of it is what your high school coach used to tell you (a former coach of mine certainly did): If you don’t the referees to decide the game at the end then you play better earlier so it’s not on them. In Boston’s case, score more than 24 points in the second and third quarters combined and you won’t have to rely on referees.
Boston needs to find some offense between now and tip-off for Game 3 or they are going to need more than just a couple favorable calls.
Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….
During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.
The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.
We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”
This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.
And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.
Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.
He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game (the Pacers got the win).
You can see the injury above. In a scramble for a loose ball, the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi falls on MKG’s arm, dislocating his shoulder.
We don’t know the severity of all this and if MKG is going to miss time beyond this game. But it isn’t good.
There are no words to describe how sad this is.
Ingrid Williams, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach and former New Orleans Pelicans head coach, Monty Williams, died Wednesday at the age of 44 from injuries suffered in a car accident the day before.
Williams’ car was hit head-on by another vehicle that had crossed over the center divider, according to the Oklahoman.
The Monty and Ingrid had been married more than 20 years and have five children, ranging in age from 17 to 5. Williams is one of the better respected and personally liked coaches around the league, and the tributes have just started to pour in.
Our thoughts are with Williams and his family.