Celtics manager Ime Udoka snatched the referee after defeat in Game 3 to Bucks

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the Boston Celtics they find themselves in a hole in the 2-1 series after the 103-101 defeat against Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals on Saturday afternoon.

Celtics manager Ime Udoka called the referee after the match, notably disputing a call that in the final moments of the match.

Under 103-100 in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, Celtics guard Marcus Smart appeared to be looking for a triple when he was shot in the arm by Bucks guard Jrue Holiday.

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The referees called a foul on the potential triple of the tie with 4.6 seconds left. But because the referees called the foul on the floor instead of a three-hit foul, Smart got two free-throw attempts instead of three.

“It was a foul. It was a foul,” Udoka told reporters after the match. “He took the ball, it’s turning into a shot, both feet placed. It can’t be said to be a sweep like that, going into a shot. So, poor call, poor no-call … I saw it in person, but also in the movie I just went to watch. It’s a take, it was wrapping itself up in a take, it was being fouled on the way up. Bad missed call. “

Celtics manager Ime Udoka disagrees with a call while talking to an official.
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Smart made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second to give his team a three-point shot, but he and the other Celtics players were unable to overturn the ball. Al Horford got his bounce and tacked her, but his last shot came right after the beep sounded.

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Smart also questioned the call about his potential 3-point draw. He said he didn’t make sense that he would try a move from behind the arc knowing that the Celtics needed three points to equalize the game.

“You need three [points] with 4.6 seconds, they know they need three “, Smart She said. “We know they’re going to foul. It’s not like he caught me when he was down. I was already in my shooting motion. I thought it was three free throws. They said it wasn’t, face it.”

Grant Williams (12) and Marcus Smart (36) of the Boston Celtics react to an official call during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on May 7, 2022 in Milwaukee.

Grant Williams (12) and Marcus Smart (36) of the Boston Celtics react to an official call during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on May 7, 2022 in Milwaukee.
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Holiday, who scored 25 points for the Bucks, disagrees.

“Honestly, it looked like he was still facing the sideline,” Holiday said. “It’s not a shooting move. He wasn’t facing the edge.”

The Bucks were led in Game 3 by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored 42 points on the 16-30 shot. It was a rebound performance for Antetokounmpo. In Game 2, he only scored five points in the first half and finished with 28 points.

“There will be struggles, but at the end of the day, if you continue with it and stay with it and stay on course, you will be successful,” Antetokounmpo said. “If you don’t stay on course, you won’t be successful. It’s that simple.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of the Milwaukee Bucks overtakes Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday May 7, 2022 in Milwaukee.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) of the Milwaukee Bucks overtakes Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday May 7, 2022 in Milwaukee.
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Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Horford scored 22 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.

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The best of 7 series continues Monday night in Milwaukee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report