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Really? Marcus Smart draws 3-shot foul on Antetokounmpo at midcourt just before half

Boston Celtics v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Six

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MAY 13: Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics reacts to an officials call during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on May 13, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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This was a wild — and illogical — end to the first half.

Marcus Smart stole the ball from Giannis Antetokounmpo at halfcourt and went for the heave from halfcourt — drawing a foul on the Greek Freak.

That was a bad call in that it broke with precedent.

Did Antetokounmpo foul Smart? Yes. But after players such as Chris Paul tried to turn the halfcourt heave foul into an artform — going out of their way to draw it — officials did not call these fouls much this season. If they did, it was not a shooting foul. This call broke with that pattern.

Neither side was happy with the officiating, which was fair as there did not seem to be a consistent line of what was and was not a foul in the first half. Smart’s heave was the cherry on top and had Boston up 48-43 at the half.