Worst Call Of The Year? Refs Bail Out The Bulls With This Marcus Smart Foul On Jimmy Butler

Published on February 17th, 2017 by Astramskas, David | 2,835 views

“He got a piece of the elbow,” Said Jimmy Butler, who went to the free-throw line with 0.9 seconds after the refs called a foul on Marcus 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.”

Although a single lighted frame from one of the three replays in the video above does seem to show Smart’s fingertips touching Butler’s elbow on his game-winner attempt, I can’t imagine one of the three refs, especially the baseline one (not the sideline one standing next to the shot), being able to tell enough contact was made to warrant a foul that would decide which team will win.

“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.”

Smart’s teammate, Isaiah Thomas, also agreed it was great defense.

“We won this game,”¬†Said Isaiah Thomas, who broke John Havlicek’s franchise record with 41 consecutive games with at least 20 points.¬†“We had it won. A great defensive stop by Marcus Smart and the referee called a horrible call. That was bad.”

The Bulls Taj Gibson probably had the best quote about the game: “”Tonight we got lucky. That’s a talented team over there. We’re going to enjoy this one.”

At least Thomas can enjoy having Butler on his team for the following 48 hours in New Orleans.




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