Heinsohn named basketball Hall of Fame finalist as coach

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Heinsohn named basketball Hall of Fame finalist as coach

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced 12 finalists for the 2013 election, including Celtics legend and current CSNNE Celtics color commentator Tommy Heinsohn.

Heinsohn is already in the Hall of Fame as a player (1986), but is up for election as a coach, having won two Championships with the Celtics as a coach during the 1973-74 season and 1975-76 season.

Heinsohn stepped in as head coach of the Celtics during the 1969-70 season, the season after Bill Russell retired as a playercoach.

During Heinsohn's eight seasons as coach, the C's went 416-240, won five Eastern Division titles in a row, and two NBA championships.

If elected as coach, Heinsohn would be only the third to be elected both as an NBA player and coach (Lenny Wilkens & Bill Sharman).

NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

NBA officiating: Smart foul that cost C's potential win was wrong call

Were it not for a Marcus Smart personal foul with under 12 seconds to play, the Celtics might have won Saturday’s game against the Trail Blazers in regulation. Instead, they lost in overtime, but it turns out they should have at least had a shot at the regulation win. 

The game's Last Two Minute Report released by NBA officiating, which assesses all calls made in the final two minutes of play, labels the Smart foul “IC,” or “incorrect call.”

Smart was called for a personal foul on a play in which he stole the ball from Damian Lillard under the net and scored. Had the foul not been called, Boston would have held a 112-111 lead with 10.8 seconds remaining. 

The report states the following: The replay shown on the DF BCAST shows Smart (BOS) makes clean contact with the ball.

Portland went on to outscore Boston, 14-10, in overtime to earn a 127-123 win at TD Garden.