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Stan Van Gundy appeared on the Dan Patrick show on Thursday, and had some interesting comments on the officiating we’ve seen during the eastern Conference Finals.
Van Gundy believes that games this deep into the postseason actually should be called differently than those played during the regular season, which is a deviation from how most purists of the game tend to see things. The popular argument here goes something like, “if it’s a foul in the first quarter, then it’s a foul in the fourth quarter.” But it makes sense that things should be watched even more carefully when the games that are being played are at their most important stage.
Taking that idea a step further, Van Gundy also said he didn’t think the sixth foul called on LeBron James near the end of Game 4 was justified. He went on to explain in detail, and basically said that because of how Dwyane Wade didn’t use the screen that James set, that it didn’t end up being part of the play, so Lance Stephenson backing into the screener and tripping shouldn’t have been cause for James to pick up that sixth personal foul.
Check out the clip above for the entirety of Van Gundy’s comments.
The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.
After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.
The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.
Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.
The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.
J.R. Smith (slightly out of context): “We don’t start paying attention until after All-Star break.”
Raptors guard Delon Wright dislocated his shoulder, but at least he won’t need surgery.
Raptors media relations:
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The Raptors (11-5), off to a surprisingly strong start, are second in the Eastern Conference. They’ve bought themselves margin for error. All in all, a month-long absence for Wright isn’t so bad.
Wright had been a key part of an excellent all-bench unit that included Fred VanVleet, O.G. Anunoby, C.J. Miles and Jakob Poeltl. Two-way player Lorenzo Brown has assumed Wright’s role, and Norman Powell – returning from his own injury – will provide a boost. Toronto can also stagger Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan more.
The chemistry of the bench mob was something to behold, but the Raptors should withstand this.