With the score tied 109-109 in Tuesday’s game between the Celtics and Pacers, Marcus Smart hit a difficult layup that was heavily contested by Domantas Sabonis. Smart wanted a foul call on the play, but didn’t get one.
The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report indicates Smart was right to expect a foul call because Sabonis was “not in a vertical position as he continues to move into Smart's space and delivers contact that affects his driving shot attempt.”
That was one of three calls the refs missed in Tuesday’s matchup between the Celtics and Pacers. But the other two were ones Boston got away with. Oddly enough, Smart was the culprit in both circumstances.
Smart should have been whistled for a defensive three seconds on Indy’s first offensive possession after the missed call against Sabonis.
The third and final missed call was perhaps the most important of all. On Boston’s final inbound play, Smart set a screen on Aaron Holiday for Kemba Walker. Holiday fell into Walker after he made contact with Smart. According to the L2M Report, Smart should’ve been whistled for an offensive foul on the play because he was not “established in Holiday's path when he delivers contact.”
Instead, Smart wound up receiving the inbound pass, was fouled and hit the final two free throws of the game to secure the Celtics’ 114-111 win.