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Video: Controversial moving pick call against Kevin Garnett

May 14, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

This is the play everybody is talking about in the wake of Boston’s 82-81 loss to Philadelphia. Even though this play did not decide the game. Sorry Celtics fans, it didn’t — Rajon Rondo‘s missed jumper, Ray Allen‘s missed jumper had you down 3 when this play took place. You already put yourself in a hole. This just didn’t let you bail yourself out.

Watch the play, Paul Pierce comes off a Kevin Garnett screen and KG holds onto and leans out into Andre Iguodala, freeing up Paul Pierce who gets the ball at the top of the key. Garnett was called for a moving screen, Philly got the ball.

I’ll grant you this — that call is rarely made with 10 seconds left in the game.

You see this kind of call made all the time in soccer and hockey — it is a foul but it is let go if it doesn’t lead to a scoring chance, however if it does lead to a scoring chance the call is made. This clearly led to a scoring chance and for me it is an illegal screen. It seems an inconsistent call with some of the play already allowed by the refs in this game, but it is a foul.

Hat tip to Eye on Basketball for the video.

  1. tfoz5150 - May 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Good call refs

    • 808raiderinparadise - May 15, 2012 at 6:23 AM

      AGREED! I was dying for TV time, wish a camera was in front of me to shut-up the other announcers. That was a offensive foul as pure and simple as day. He set an awful attempt and then took a down step and lunged into A.I. and that gave Paul Pierce an obvious edge to get wideeeeeee open. It was right in front of a ref.

      Love Shaq, but shaq said “you can’t make that call in that situation”
      STUUUUUPID COMMENT, so the most pivotal part of the game the refs should just let em play? Give boston an edge on the floor? You make the right call despite the clock, if refs were to call the game with “situational” properties that would be an injustice to the sport, fans, players and everyone involved.

      Garnett made a terrible obvious “screen” with contact and off balance and the refs made a great call.

  2. skizzy79 - May 14, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Cmon PBT. We already heard Barkley saying it wasnt an offensive foul.
    It clearly was. He leaned into Iggy and used his elbow to hold him down thus preventing Iguodala from keeping up with Pauly. I dont think it shouldve been called that late in the game either but we are not going to blame the refs on this one. This game was called pretty fairly; there were a few crappy calls on each end of the court but the officials had nothing to do with the outcome. Peirce missed the open “J” anyway

    • tfoz5150 - May 14, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      Barkley’s is still the biggest idiot on national T.V. What would you expect from someone whose BFF is Howard Eskin?

    • datkiidjc - May 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      76ers called no calls game 1 good call

    • datkiidjc - May 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      76ers got no calls game 1 good call

  3. liljere24 - May 14, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    It wasn’t the reason they lost. Celtics screwed around again and got burned. Philly made shots they had no business making. Celtics have YET to play their best basketball in the playoffs and they still almost won. C’s in 5

    • biasedhomer - May 15, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Philly actually missed a lot of shots they would normally make.

  4. therealtrenches - May 14, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    It was surprising to see the Celts have one called against them late. They usually get the calls.

    One thing’s for sure, Celtics fans who were crowing after game 1 about how the Sixers suck need to realize that that’s simply not the case. The Sixers took 2 of 3 from Boston in the regular season, and after two playoff games, it’s a dead heat.

    • comeonnowguys - May 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      No, the Sixers still are terrible. Seriously, they are terrible. They just made a few shots in that game, which is totally against their nature.

      Regression to the mean next game.

      • tfoz5150 - May 15, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        Get your head out of your a$$.

      • comeonnowguys - May 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Talk to me at the end of the series.

      • duane888 - May 15, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        Philly is just a bad matchup for Boston. It happens, some teams you just don’t play well against.

      • comeonnowguys - May 15, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        So, when Bulls point out the Rose and Noah injuries, they are excuses, but when the Sixers lose to Boston, it’s a bad matchup.


      • tfoz5150 - May 15, 2012 at 4:33 PM

        That’s how they win all the time ugly. You never know where the points are going to come from.

  5. scalfor3 - May 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    it is a foul, but kg was setting the same screen almost every play the whole game with no call. the refs set a precedent by not calling it before and then violated it on the biggest play of the game.

    you’re right tho, the reason the C’s lost was bad offensive execution, especially down the stretch. rondo taking a pull up jumper in that situation was just brutal

    • acdc363 - May 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      I don’t think my expression changed for a good 30 seconds after Rondo tossed that brick

    • hollywood26 - May 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Actually KG himself said he’d been warned about that same type of pick already. The lean wasn’t the problem it was the almost two steps he took to maintain contact with the defender. Some of you guys should really pick up a rule book because you have no clue what a foul actually is.

  6. tfoz5150 - May 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Philly could easily be up 2-0 right now. Now they’ve proved to themselves they can close out a game against the C’s I think they will have more success in Philadelphia, especially with Iggy playing shutdown D on Pierce and Evan and others starting to make clutch plays down the stretch. The young team is growing. They’re starting to BELIEVE.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - May 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    I KNOW C’s fans are not complaining? He gets away with that a million times. And most of them are MUCH WORSE than that. Collins gets credit for begging for it. But KG does that EVERY GAME when it comes down to the end, when either setting screens to get Pierce or Allen open. Allen pushed off anyway, so why cry?

    Philly should be up 2-0. Boston only won Game 1 because of the refs.

  8. liljere24 - May 14, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    Refs fault? Haven’t heard that before at all.

    • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      I have. Basically every single time a Boston team loses. Biggest crybaby fan base in America.

  9. willardj - May 14, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    That was the third illegal screen called against KG tonight. There’s a reason why the Hawks owner called him the dirtiest player in the league. KG sets probably the worst moving picks out of any player in the NBA. Now I agree with C’s fans because KG usually gets away with it, so it was unusual for the refs to call it an illegal screen. But since they were calling it tonight, they were trying to send a message. It was definitely the right call and I’m glad that KG’s dirty antics are finally catching up to him.

    • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      As usual, cheating is ingrained in a Boston player’s DNA. KG knows that those screens are illegal and this time he got burned. Rightfully so. He’s a punk and always will be one.

  10. Justin - May 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    I’m new to this thing called basketball. Are you saying that on a screen you can’t push a guy as he runs by you and then fully extend your arms?

    This is crazy. Next thing you know people will be telling me superstars get calls that don’t exist.

  11. doctorfootball - May 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    The only controversy on that play was the audacity of KG to complain about it. Especially considering that Paul Pierce, the biggest flop artist in the game, plays on the same team.

  12. jblah - May 15, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    there were terrible calls from the refs for both sides. neither the 76ers nor the Celitcs were immune from it. i don’t think the refs decided this game….they just consistently made bad calls throughout.

  13. skids003 - May 15, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    “Let the players decide the game.” They did, they set an illegal screen, and it was called. Good call.

  14. markcycy - May 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    if this happened to the sixers it wouldn’t even be a story

  15. JohnnyTwoTimes says - May 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Great Call refs, ABOUT TIME!!!

    If you are a crying Celtics fan, whining about this call, I’m not surprised. That’s what Boston does best, CRIES….

    It’s a blatant ILLEGAL MOVING SCREEN, he got away with it enough last night people, I seen the refs tell him about 3-5 times, I don’t know why they waited so long to call it.

    It’s as obvious as a 3rd man in on an NHL fight, it’s almost like a chop below the knees when an O-Lineman is engaged to the DL…….it’s that obvious, if you don’t think it is….STOP watching Basketball, or at least stop acting like you know the game.

  16. dixx8ball - May 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I love how from the time the Sixers made the playoffs it’s all about the other team did this or that. Can’t a young team without a legitimate “Superstar” get some credit for what they have done. All game long we get to hear C-Webb and “Dick” Stockton talk about how great Rondo is, or KG, or Pierce, or Ray Allen the best 3point shooter ever…blah blah blah… last I checked if the young and not so experienced Sixers very well could have won game 1 and did in fact win game 2. Last I checked the series is tied up 1 to 1. And, last I checked the sixers beat the Bulls, with or without Rose, nobody gave them a chance to win that series and they did pretty easily.

    So, go ahead all of you Sixers haters. Keep telling them young bucks how they have no chance to win and tell us how great all the other players are and we will just sit back and keep on winning.

    Bite it Dick and C-Webb

    • tfoz5150 - May 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      Well said.

  17. diobolikal1 - May 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    NEVERMIND the missed flagrant 2 call on spencer hawes on Asik in the bulls series at the end of the game,( go check the video he went with both arms around his head) and it shd have been 2 free throws and the ball back. They didn’t call it and AI went an drove the basket and sealed the game. Had they made the right call we would not b discussing this blatant mess up of a call in this game … I say bring new refs because that Miami – New York series was another ” wonderful ” job of crappy officiating …

  18. Chris Ross - May 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    This is always an interesting subject because it brings up the question of whether the refs should be making the right call or one that they have made the whole game,. There’s valid arguments for both sides and you really do wonder why the ref chose that time to call Kevin Garnett for a foul. It is expected that people were to be upset but is it rightfully so? I’m not so sure it is but it depends on what your definition is of how a foul should be called. I think it’s something that doesn’t necessarily have a right answer but unquestionably deserves some serious looking into.

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