I’ve been repeatedly watching the replay of this no-look, behind-the-head pass from Isaiah Thomas that set up Jae Crowder’s game-sealing three, trying to figure out at what point Thomas spotted Crowder on the wing, and I never see him glance over there. But it sounds like it might be one of those sports ESP things.
Unfortunately for Celtics forward Jae Crowder, there’s some sort of rule against heaving a full-court inbound pass straight into the bucket. This rule is clearly stupid, and Crowder should have been awarded five points.
The Cavaliers beat the Celtics yesterday to advance to the second round of the playoffs, but their victory came at a heavy cost. The NBA has weighed in on various incidents that occurred during the game, and today meted out punishment.
J.R. Smith ejected after earning a Flagrant 2 for backhanding Jae Crowder.
Officials elected not to eject Kendrick Perkins after throwing the Celtics’ Jae Crowder to the floor by his neck while setting a heavy screen in the second quarter of today’s fourth game of the Cleveland-Boston series. Perkins was assessed a Flagrant 1 after video review.
If you look closely, you can see Jae Crowder regret his decision to try and take a charge from a DeMarcus Cousins with 94 feet of built-up momentum, and begin to lean away to the side. Unfortunately, that doesn't prevent him from getting a knee to his chest, or the ball viciously dunked on his head. Poor Jae Crowder.
How's your mind? Pretty blown right now, I assume.