The ‘hug’ that could have been really bad for the NBA


All up in his business — no whistle.

All up in his enterprise — no whistle.
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If the Suns would have gained Sport 4 of the NBA Finals, the missed foul name on Devin Booker would have been one of many largest refereeing errors in league historical past.

With 3:41 left within the recreation, Booker had 5 fouls and was the one one left on a quick break with Jrue Vacation going towards the basket. Booker went up and… basically hugged him. And it was egregious. A foul all the way in which.

It ought to have simply fouled him out of the sport. On prime of this disastrous miss, Booker most likely had like eight fouls, if we’re holding it actual.

Fortunately for the referees’ sake, Milwaukee nonetheless prevailed. This morning we’re speaking extra about how insane Giannis Antetokounmpo’s block on Deandre Ayton (with round a minute left) had been, and the way Khris Middleton confirmed up and dropped 40 to neutralize Booker’s 42-point efficiency.

That Greek Freak play may need been among the finest particular person defensive performs I’ve ever seen. And he did it in one of many largest moments possible. He stopped the most popular participant within the recreation final evening on the pick-and-roll, then recovered fast sufficient to dam one other 7-foot participant’s alley-oop dunk try.

It was wild.

The Bucks have now tied the sequence up and it’s a better of three with the championship on the road. Certainly, the NBA dodged a bullet with the Bucks successful, and Giannis making among the finest performs in Finals historical past.

As a basketball fan I wasn’t too upset with the no-calls, as a result of anytime Booker is on the ground I wish to see his spectacular shot-making — particularly when he’s as sizzling as he was final evening. However you gotta name the apparent stuff. You’ll be able to’t let this man simply hack up each participant on the courtroom.

I can’t wait to see how this sequence goes to finish. Hopefully not with us speaking in regards to the refs, although.


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