If the Boston Celtics hadn’t hit a come-from-behind buzzer-beater to force a Game 6, it would have been so unfair.
The Eastern Conference Finals series between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat has been epic.
Miami won the best-of-three series. Up until this point, it was a “normal” series. But then Boston fought back. After “sweeping” Miami in Games 4 and 5, the Heat took Game 6.
On Feb. 28 (ET), the Celtics came back from a one-point deficit to win Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2022-2023 NBA Playoffs 104-103 in Miami.
Derrick White hit a game-tying buzzer-beater in the final seconds to tie the game. 3 games to 3.
Boston held a 6-9 point lead throughout the game. However, in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Miami came alive. A tightly-coordinated run centered around Duncan Robinson set the stage for a comeback, culminating in a 3-pointer from Butler, who had been struggling all game, and three foul free throws with three seconds left in regulation. It was a one-point lead.
Three seconds to go, and Miami would advance to the Finals. However, Boston’s quick three-pointer missed the rim and Derrick White scored on the tip-in. The shot came with 0.1 seconds left.
At this point, controversy arose among local fans.
The first was the foul call with three seconds left in regulation, when Miami couldn’t find an offensive lane against Boston’s strong defense. Butler drew a foul on Al Horford in the corner area. Just before drawing the foul, Butler missed the ball. There was a lot of discussion about whether this was a double dribble. However, the NBA’s two-minute report said it wasn’t a double dribble because the ball was spilled and caught. Another was Boston’s last remaining offensive possession. It was initially shown as 2.1 seconds, then corrected to 3 seconds. The NBA office said, “Boston coach Majula requested a video review, and the correct time for Butler to draw a shooting foul was 3 seconds, which is why the time was changed from 2.1 seconds to 3 seconds. The controversial call was ruled “in good faith” by the NBA office.
However, there were two critical missed calls. Both were in favor of the home team, Miami.
With one minute and one second left in regulation, Jaylen Brown got two free throws. He made one and missed the other. However, before Brown could shoot the second, Caleb Martin invaded the free throw lane. Brown had to shoot the free throws again. This was a bad call.
Then, with 33 seconds left in the game, Jayson Tatum drove to the basket and was fouled by Gabe Vincent. No call was made. The NBA ruled that Vincent’s blocked shot was a foul. A critical mistake that could have changed the outcome of the game 먹튀검증.
The NBA also gets a lot of bad calls in the playoffs. While the two-minute report has given fans some answers, the trend of home-favoring calls in the playoffs has remained steady. Controversial.
Another difference from the KBL is the reliability of officiating. There are a lot of blown calls, but both head coaches and clubs are “cool” with it. ‘Some of the bad calls are basketball,’ they say, and they accept wins and losses cleanly.
Boston pulls off a thrilling upset in Game 6 that will go down in NBA history. If they take Game 7, they’ll have the first “reverse sweep” in NBA history, winning four straight games after losing three in a row. It’s only happened once before in Major League Baseball, when the Boston Red Sox swept the New York Yankees in a best-of-three series in the famous 2004 American League Championship.