The ref should not have called that offensive foul on Garnett, even though it was a foul, because they hadn’t called it all playoffs or season or for his entire career in Boston. He’s been leaning and elbowing on screens forever. That’s like if Robert Parish made his patented three quick shuffle step rainbow in the lane to win a playoff game in 1989, and the refs called him for traveling after ignoring the travel for 14 years.
BUT – as Charles also said – the Celtics absolutely deserved to lose that game. The effort wasn’t there. The concentration wasn’t there. I don’t know how you sleep on a team that you beat by 1 point in game one after making an 11 point fourth quarter comeback, but Boston slept on Phili tonight. Tip of the hat to the Sixers for making them pay.
The first quarter of game 1 of the Thunder vs. the Lakers is on right now, and the OKC crowd is outstanding. Execution has been good on both sides. This should be a fun series.