Garnett OK with offensive foul call on him in closing seconds

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Garnett OK with offensive foul call on him in closing seconds

BOSTON The Boston Celtics have a long list of plays they could turn to as being that one play that meant the difference in their 82-81 loss to Philadelphia in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series.

But the play that certainly resonates with Celtics Nation more than most, was the offensive foul call by official Michael Smith against Kevin Garnett late in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 78-75 late in the game, the Celtics had the ball and were looking to tie the score.

Kevin Garnett tried to set a pick to free up Paul Pierce for a potential game-tying shot.

But we'll never know if that shot would have gone down, with official Michael Smith whistling Garnett for an offensive foul with 10 seconds to play.

"Mike (Smith) was in a position, and he called it," Garnett said afterwards. "I'm not going to make a big stink about it."

Garnett, who was called for five personal fouls - two of which were offensive fouls - wasn't totally caught off guard by Smith's call.

"I think Danny (Crawford, one of the other officials) had already gave me a warning about how I was setting the picks," Garnett said.

Garnett understands that the call will certainly get its share of attention and be talked about between now and Game 3 on Wednesday.

"But that wasn't, to me, the game," Garnett said. "We did things going up to that point that determined the game."

Still, the call being made in that situation was a bit unusual when you consider the score at the time and the fact that this is a playoff game.

"I just thought in that situation," Garnett said. "You let the players decide the game. But hey, he felt like it was an illegal pick and that's what it is."

Said Paul Pierce, "You know that's the name of the game sometimes. You know they make a call, you gotta live with it."

Not surprisingly, C's coach Doc Rivers was upset at the call which was one of several illegal pick calls made by the officials.

"I wasn't fond of it," Rivers said.

As much as the call hurt the team, Rivers was more disturbed by the team's play for the first three quarters.

And while many may focus in on that one play near the end of the game, Rivers recognizes the C's demise in Game 2 began well before the final 10 seconds of the game.

"Listen, we put ourselves in that position," Rivers said. "At the end of the day, I say it all the time, if you put yourself in a position to let someone else do something, then you can lose games. And that's what happened."

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."