The Cavaliers took Game 2 from the Celtics, and took a 2-0 series lead in the process.
But Boston had its chances.
After falling behind by as many as 14 points in the third quarter, Boston clawed its way back to be within just four points with 3:32 to play.
The next possession, however, saw a questionable foul called on Avery Bradley, which sent Kyrie Irving to the line for two free throws.
Irving converted them both, and the game was never closer than six points the rest of the way.
Evan Turner wasn’t pleased with that call, nor was he thrilled with another that took place on a prior possession. Not surprisingly, he was critical of the late-game officiating when speaking with reporters afterward.
From Brian Robb of Boston.com:
“I mean, you know, not to knock on [LeBron and Kyrie],” Turner told reporters in Cleveland after Game 2. “They are great players, but Avery [Bradley] is a known defender…To call a foul [when Irving is shooting] behind the backboard in that type of possession, it should never be called. It wasn’t a playable shot. It wasn’t a makeable shot.
“That was the craziest call, and then at the end of the game, you call a travel on the ground [when] that was the same [type of defense Bradley was playing] the whole time? That was the only tough part about today. That didn’t make any sense.”
The foul on Bradley wasn’t a great call, primarily because Irving kicking his leg out on the follow-through is what caused the contact, and his resulting fall to the floor.
But the league’s best teams consistently put themselves in a position where one bad call won’t doom their chances. And we all know that the Celtics aren’t even close to being there just yet.