The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics faced off on a potential Eastern Conference Final preview for their first official game of the Orlando bubble.
The Bucks jumped to a big lead early on but the Celtics kept up the pace and the game was pretty close until the final minutes. Then, some controversial calls may have taken a toll on the final result of the game.
Giannis should have been called for a foul on Daniel Theis late in the fourth quarter. He clearly pushed the big man and the game even had to be paused while he got back on his feet and the refs were reviewing the call. They didn’t overturn that call and Giannis stayed in the game.
refs called a foul on Giannis hit on Daniel Theis and then reversed it pic.twitter.com/tMlLReNxQs
— The NBA Hustle➐ (@TheNBAHustle) August 1, 2020
Then, the Greek Freak took over and dominated the Celtics’ defense to put the Bucks ahead once again. Another close call delayed the game as the referees called a blocking foul on Marcus Smart.
Giannis jumps, Smart moves his left foot, Smart plants his left foot, contact. That’s a blocking foul. pic.twitter.com/bgTXBeylpa
— Polo Bustamante (@polo_bustamante) August 1, 2020
The Bucks ended up winning the game 119-112 behind Giannis’ 36 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists. Celtics players, however, didn’t take the loss lightly and made their discomfort be known.
Jaylen Brown went as far as to post an Instagram story with a hilarious photoshop of Giannis and NBA referee Ken Mauer, which obviously didn’t go unnoticed by internet trolls.
To make things even funnier, Brown retweeted the photo and added “This photoshop nba please don’t fine me”.
This photoshop nba please don’t fine me https://t.co/kZPd0ORnvX
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) August 1, 2020
Brown is definitely going to be fined for this but it’s clear that the referees made a couple of bad calls that ended up taking a toll on the result. Then again, that’s just the way it goes sometimes.