Did Marcus Smart foul Jimmy Butler at the tail end of the Bulls vs Celtics game last night? For Butler, it was a no-brainer.
“He got a piece of the elbow,” said Butler, who went to the free-throw line with 0.9 seconds after the refs called a foul on Smart. “People are going to say `oh, he didn’t foul him,’ but he did. So at the end of the day, they made the right call.
“A foul’s a foul. He hit my elbow. I don’t care what nobody says. I think I’m making it if he don’t alter it like that.”
One of those frames seem to have shown Smart touching Butler’s elbow but the real question was, how did the baseline ref determine the call with such slight contact? Either way, it would also seem like Smart was appealing the call by virtue of his status and reputation as an elite defender.
“I’m one of the best defenders in this league,” Smart said. “I played great defense right there — I know I did. I moved my feet, I did everything right, my head was up. I got punished for playing good D I guess.”
What about punished for actually fouling the guy? Anyone who knows basketball even a slight touch in that area WILL alter any shot, doesn’t matter if you’re Michael Jordan or Kwame Brown.
— A•T•X (@psucarney) February 17, 2017