Posted by: Philadunkia
05/15/12 3:16 pm EST

To say that the moving screen call by referee Michael Smith on Kevin Garnett in the finals seconds of Game 2 has raised some controversy and discussion is an understatement. 

In case you some how missed the foul, here is the replay…



Obviously all of us here in Philadunkia nation were delighted when KG got slapped with the call.  In our opinion, were not sure what all the crying is about as even without our Philadunkia tinted glasses on, it appears to be a legitimate foul.  However, Garnett himself did not share our opinion.



You could argue that Garnett is right and that the official should have let the players decide the game.  Still, the officials had already warned KG about his moving screens and he chose not to heed those warnings, so didn’t Garnett (a player) actually decide the game by ignoring the rules and warnings?  You could argue that point as well.

It’s likely we will all never agree on the validity of Smith’s call on KG in Game 2, but one thing is for sure, it was a rare whistle.  But just how rare is an offensive foul call in the final seconds of a close playoff game?  Well thanks to the crack research staff at and our friends at Elias, you can find out after the jump.

From via Elias…

Over the last 5 postseasons, there have been 106 playoff games with the score within 3 during the final 10 seconds of regulation or OT.  There have been 3 offensive fouls called in a tie game OR on the trailing team in those situations, including Monday’s moving screen against Kevin Garnett.

That means that offensive foul calls have been made in a tie game OR against the trailing team in only 2.8 percent of games with the score within 3 during the final 10 seconds of regulation or OT over the last 5 postseasons.

The whistle against Garnett was the ONLY moving screen called in the final 10 seconds of regulation during a 1-score playoff game over the last 5 postseasons.


Offensive Fouls Called With Fewer Than 11 Seconds Left, Tied or Trailing by 3 or Fewer in Postseason


Date        Team  Opp   Name            Foul Type       Time   Situation
05/14/2012  BOS   PHI   Kevin Garnett   Moving Screen   10.0   Trailing 78-75


05/24/2011  MIA   CHI   LeBron James    Charge           8.0   Tied 85-85


04/26/2009  POR   HOU   Brandon Roy     Charge          10.7   Trailing 87-85

 >>Last 5 Seasons

 In short, offensive foul calls in the final seconds of a close playoff game are almost, but not quite as rare as as 76ers win in Boston during the post season.





5 Responses to “CALL OR NO CALL ???”

  1. Dervin
    15. May 2012 at 16:25

    The only argument one can make is that it’s really cheap to let a player get away with something for 47 minutes and 49 seconds, then call him for it with 10 seconds remaining in a one possession game. KG had the reasonable expectation that the ref’s just weren’t going to call him for illegal screens. In essence, the ref’s changed the rules on him by being inconsistent.

    I know he mentions he was warned by the Ref’s, but if the Ref’s call it in the 3rd Qtr, does he do it with 10 seconds remaining?

  2. Justin
    15. May 2012 at 18:47

    Let the players decide? That argument drives me crazy. Rules don’t stop being rules at the end of the game. The players did decide. KG decided he was going to blatantly foul AI. I don’t know what’s controversial about this.

  3. Gary
    15. May 2012 at 19:37

    I understand why everyone says “let the players decide the game” and “you don’t call that call in the last seconds”. But that moving pick was so blatant, if the refs did not call that then they should get fired. I understand if it’s a drive to the basket and there is and offensive foul along with a defensive foul on the drive. But this was KG setting a pick, Dre was obviously going to get around the pick and KG moved so bad he was hobbling and off balanced with what Shaq would say “the lean wit it rock wit it”.

    Glad the call was made, it is so obvious.

  4. Sloetry
    16. May 2012 at 04:07

    KG was trying to create an unchallenged shot for a team mate that could have changed the final result. Therefore the impact of that foul was great in impeding AI from defending. Good call

  5. JK
    16. May 2012 at 11:01

    Iggy pushed through the foul, causing KG to have to move even more than intended to try to stop him. At that point it became so blatant that a non-call would have been more controversial. Had Iggy let the illegal pick stop him, they probably would have let it go. While I agree they should have been calling it all game long, especially after he did it a lot in Game 1, it was the right call at the end. One single player did decide the outcome: KG.

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