‣ NBA referees missed a defensive foul call on Jayson Tatum while guarding Jalen Brunson during the Celtics-Knicks Game
‣ The missed call resulted in a technical foul on Brunson for flopping instead of a shooting foul for the Knicks
‣ The missed call did not ultimately decide the outcome of the game, but it was a crucial error by the referees.
We missed the foot to foot contact which should have resulted in a personal foul and reviewed for flagrant. Had no foot to foot contact existed, this type of secondary and theatrical movement by Brunson would meet the criteria for a non-unsportsmanlike technical foul for…
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs)
In a recent NBA game between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, a crucial missed defensive foul call on Jayson Tatum has been brought to light. During the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 108-104 victory, Tatum was guarding Jalen Brunson when he made contact with him while he landed after a shot. The official NBA referees’ X account on social media admitted to missing this call, stating that it should have been a personal foul and reviewed for a flagrant.
The missed call occurred with under six minutes left in regulation, resulting in a flopping technical being called on Brunson instead. Tatum made a free throw to narrow the deficit to 88-87. After a replay review, it was clear that Tatum’s foot was under Brunson when he landed, indicating that it should have been a shooting foul and three free throws for the Knicks guard.
The NBA referees’ X account explained the situation, acknowledging the missed contact and the potential for a non-unsportsmanlike technical foul for flopping. It emphasized that this type of secondary movement by Brunson would meet the criteria for a technical foul, but the foot-to-foot contact caused the movement, making the flop call incorrect.
While this missed call was significant, it did not solely determine the outcome of the game. The Celtics outscored the Knicks in the opening quarter and took a substantial lead. New York struggled with their shooting throughout the game, and players like Brunson and Julius Randle had low shooting percentages. Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged this and stressed the need for improvement and alertness in future games.
Looking ahead, the Boston Celtics will face the Miami Heat in their next game, while the New York Knicks will take on the Atlanta Hawks. Both teams will aim to bounce back and perform better after this game.