NBA report admits incorrect name that led to Celtics’ loss to Pacers


“That price our staff the sport, and also you count on us to not be annoyed, you understand what I imply?”

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis (8) fouls Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin (00) in the final second of the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Jan. 8, 2024. The Pacers defeated the Celtics 133-131.
The Celtics got here up simply brief towards the Pacers on Monday night time. (AP Picture/Michael Conroy)

Simply minutes after the Celtics dropped a irritating 133-131 loss to the Pacers on Monday night time, Joe Mazzulla was waiting for Tuesday.

It was an anticipated response for any coach seeking to shortly flip the web page after a two-point defeat. However particularly, Mazzulla was trying ahead to the NBA’s anticipated launch of its Final 2-Minute Report — which particulars whether or not the calls made within the remaining possessions of shut video games have been appropriate.

Mazzulla had good cause to be upset.

With the sport tied at 131-131 with 3.2 seconds left on the clock, Jaylen Brown had a shot blocked by Indiana’s Buddy Hield. Officers whistled Hield for a foul on the play, however later reversed the decision after Indiana challenged it.

Simply seconds later, Kristaps Porzingis was whistled for fouling Bennedict Mathurin on a 3-point try with 0.6 seconds left, permitting the Pacers to sink the go-ahead baskets en path to the win.

Finally, Tuesday’s Final 2-Minute Report revealed the Celtics caught a nasty break in Indianapolis. However most likely not the play that the Celtics have been anticipating.

The NBA in the end dominated that Hield’s block on Brown was clear, which was the principle level of rivalry from Mazzulla, Brown, and the remainder of the Celtics. Nevertheless, the league additionally dominated that Porzingis shouldn’t have been whistled for a foul on Mathurin, both.

Based on the report, Hield solely made incidental contact with Brown’s head.

The report learn: 

“On replay evaluate, the coach’s problem of the taking pictures foul on Hield (IND) was deemed profitable. The video clearly exhibits that Hield reaches ahead and makes contact with the ball from behind Brown (BOS). Whereas involved with the ball, Hield additionally makes minimal contact with Brown’s head, and on evaluate that contact was accurately deemed incidental. Because the rulebook makes clear, the mere indisputable fact that contact happens doesn’t essentially represent a foul; contact which is incidental to an effort by a participant to defend an opponent, attain a free ball, or carry out regular defensive or offensive actions shouldn’t be thought of unlawful. Play resumed with IND possession, since Nesmith (IND) had imminent possession on the level of interruption.”

As for Porzingis’ foul, the report shared an analogous sentiment, noting that the Celtics large man’s contact with Mathurin was marginal.

Per the report: “Porzingis (BOS) is above the ball and legally contests Mathurin’s (IND) shot try, with some incidental arm contact occurring concurrent with the block,” the Final 2-Minute Report mentioned. “Referees carried out a replay evaluate to find out if the foul was known as with no time remaining on the clock, and decided it was known as earlier than the expiration of time. The clock was reset with 0.6 remaining on the clock. The foul itself was not a reviewable matter underneath this replay set off.”

Brown was clearly steamed after Hield’s foul on him was overturned on Monday. 

“Like that price our staff the sport, and also you count on us to not be annoyed, you understand what I imply? We’re making an attempt to construct nice habits,” Brown mentioned, as captured by CLNS Media. “We’re making an attempt to win as many video games as attainable, and we simply dropped one due to that. So, I really feel like we bought the correct to be upset and the league ought to perceive. After all we’re going to say one thing about it after the sport, so I don’t assume there needs to be any fines. However I undoubtedly assume that one needs to be investigated.”

Lakers star LeBron James echoed an analogous message on Tuesday, voicing his displeasure on X concerning the foul on Hield that was in the end overturned. 

Jayson Tatum was not thrilled with the findings offered by the report on Tuesday.