Kevin Garnett was called for an offensive foul with 10 seconds left and the Celtics down three points, which didn't sit well with coach Doc Rivers.
"I wasn’t fond of it. At all," Rivers said. "You know, I think Kevin got called for three off-the-ball offensive fouls. So clearly it looked like they were looking for it all night and they got three of them. If you’re going to tell me Kevin was the only one moving in picks tonight, then I’ll live with that. He clearly was not the only one, but he was the one who got the calls tonight."
Garnett was actually called for two offensive fouls and one defensive foul away from the ball, but he did say after the game that referee Danny Crawford warned him about the screens he was setting.
"Mike [Smith] was in the position and he called it. I’m not going to make a big stink about it," Garnett said. "I think Danny had already given me a warning about how I was setting the picks. I’m going to continue to set picks. I’m going to continue to get guys open. That wasn’t, to me, the game. Mike made a great call. I don’t really give it up to the refs, but he thought that was a moving pick. I just thought in that situation you let the players decide the game. He felt like it was an illegal pick and that’s what it is."
The Sixers went on to win Game 2, 82-81 to even their best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
"We put ourselves in that position," Rivers said. "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."
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