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Giannis Antetokounmpo's qualms with officiating prove legitimate

Giannis Antetokounmpo's qualms with officiating prove legitimate

BOSTON – Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was not happy with some of the calls made in Boston’s 113-107 Game 1 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

After the NBA released its two-minute report on the game, the Greek Freak may have had a point. 

In the fourth quarter with 1:33 to play, an offensive foul drawn by Boston’s Marcus Morris against Antetokounmpo was later determined to be an “incorrect call,” according to the report which indicated that Morris didn’t establish himself in “legal guarding position at the time of contact.”

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With 1:22 to play in the fourth, Antetokounmpo took more than 10 seconds to shoot his free throws, a violation that was not called and therefore determined to be an “incorrect non-call.” It was also determined that he took too long when he shot free throws with 53.6 and 14.8 seconds, respectively, to play in overtime. 

And with 15.8 seconds to play in the overtime period, Al Horford made contact with Antetokounmpo’s arm which affected his SQBR (Speed, Quickness, Balance, Rhythm) but no call was made. That, according to the two-minute report, was later ruled an “incorrect non-call.”

With only 13.0 seconds to play in overtime, Antetokounmpo was whistled for his sixth personal foul while trying to get a rebound from Boston’s Terry Rozier. The two-minute report indicates that Antetokounmpo made “marginal contact” with Rozier before getting his hands on the ball. That was ruled an “incorrect call,” with the right call, according to the two-minute report should have been a jump ball between Rozier and Antetokounmpo.

There wouldn’t have been a sixth foul to call if an earlier offensive foul against Antetokounmpo that was later ruled an “incorrect call,” had not been made.

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Brad Stevens visits Red Sox camp and reflects on Boston coaching fraternity

Brad Stevens visits Red Sox camp and reflects on Boston coaching fraternity

If Boston were a college campus, the hottest fraternity to join right now would be the coaching one. The chapter president, of course, is Bill Belichick, but right behind him in the ranks are Brad Stevens and Alex Cora.

Which is why for the second year in a row Stevens made his way to Fort Meyers to watch batting practice and bullpen sessions while picking the brains of his Red Sox equivalent Alex Cora and FOB (friend of Bill), Tony LaRussa.

“It’s one of the great benefits of being the Celtics coach. You get a chance to meet these people and learn a great deal from them,” Stevens said. “Whether it’s those guys or {Bill} Belichick or Bruce {Cassidy} or whoever. We’re really blessed to have a lot of people to pick the minds of in Boston.”

The way Stevens sees things, he learns as much or more from the men who lead teams in sports other than basketball. 

“You are all dealing with the same things on a day to day basis. The challenges of a team. The challenges of being the best that you can be.”

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Cora views the opportunity in a similar light. He feels he can learn a little something from everyone that in turn makes his job a little easier in a tough market like Boston. 

A place that becomes a lot tougher when you aren’t cruising to a team record 108 wins in the regular season and a World Series title. 

“It’s not that I’m expecting them, {bad stretches} but when it comes, I know how the city reacts to it,” Cora explained, “and how the media reacts to it. It’s a good learning experience.”

Although Cora marveled at how Bill Belichick can stand in front of a room of reporters and say almost nothing, Cora conceded with a laugh he doesn’t quite have that clout yet.

“I can’t do it yet with you guys,” Cora admitted, “But it’s pretty cool he is the way he is with the media. But then you talk to him and he’s a real person and he’s funny and obviously very smart.”

At the end of the day both Cora and Stevens understand that every coach and manager in town is aiming for the same thing. 

“I think that ultimately we all want to improve,” Stevens said. “We all want to get better.”

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Stevens also touched on a few basketball topics on Sunday afternoon. 

On Jayson Tatum’s All-Star Game Challenge win:

“Yeah, he made a big shot, from deep. That challenge always seems to come to down to whether you make that shot or not. Jayson did a great job finishing it with a little flair. That’s what the All-Star game is all about.”

Anthony Davis comments:

“I can’t talk about all that stuff. As far as just generally in regards to rumors, we do talk about as a team, focusing on what we can control. Danny does a great job of handling all that.”

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2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: Watch Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis online

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: Watch Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis online

The world's best basketball players have come to Charlotte for Sunday night's 2019 NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center.

Team LeBron, led by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, will take on Team Giannis, captained by Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. These All-Star rosters were made fantasy draft style for the second consecutive year and should make for an exciting, competitive matchup.

Kyrie Irving is the lone Boston Celtics player on the All-Star squads. He was drafted by his former teammate, James, for the second year in a row. Irving scored 13 points with nine assists and seven rebounds in last year's game as Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 148-145 in Los Angeles.

Sunday's contest will mark the sixth career All-Star appearance for the Celtics point guard. Irving won the game's MVP award in 2014 as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Here's how to watch the 2019 NBA All-Star Game online.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TNT
Live Stream: NBA on TNT

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