Suns star Devin Booker mustn’t have been on the ground for the ultimate stretch of Wednesday night time’s Recreation 4.
Booker, who completed Phoenix’s 109-103 loss with a game-high 42 factors, picked up his fifth foul early within the fourth quarter and may have been referred to as for his sixth with three minutes and 40 seconds remaining in regulation. With Milwaukee guard Jrue Vacation driving straight at him on a quick break, Booker became a linebacker, hitting Vacation throughout the arm and wrapping him up across the waist.
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ABC analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy each famous that it was an apparent missed name when the printed confirmed a number of replay angles.
Fortuitously for the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed the offensive rebound and completed with a layup, and Milwaukee went on to outscore Phoenix 33-21 within the ultimate body on its solution to victory. Nonetheless, uh, what the hell had been the referees watching on that play?
In a postgame interview with pool reporter Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Recreation 4 crew chief James Capers defined why he did not blow the whistle:
McMenamin: With 3:38 left within the fourth quarter, Jrue Vacation went up for a layup and it appeared as if there was important contact from Devin Booker and there was no name made. Was there sufficient contact for a foul to be referred to as?
Capers: Throughout reside play, I noticed a clear sweep of the ball and thought it was a no name. Nonetheless, after seeing the replay, I now understand that I missed Booker’s proper arm across the waist of Vacation, and it ought to have been a defensive foul on the play.
Properly, that was an especially beneficiant interpretation of “clear sweep.” Not less than Capers did not make the state of affairs worse for the NBA by trying to defend the no-call.
Vacation was additionally requested concerning the play throughout his postgame media availability, however he selected to take the excessive street.
Let’s simply say it for Vacation since he will not: Yep, you bought fouled, buddy.