Upon further review, Mike D'Antoni is convinced that Kevin Garnett got away with tripping Toney Douglas a split second before Ray Allen hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Game 1.
"It was a foul," D'Antoni said following Monday's practice at TD Garden. "(Garnett) elbowed him and tripped him and anytime you do that it's a foul. Lot of times they don't call it at the end of the day. I'm not sitting here saying, 'Oh my God.' It would have been nice. And it didn't happen. And give Ray Allen credit. But it was a foul."
The questionable noncall on Garnett infuriated the Knicks players and coaches because just 10 seconds earlier, Carmelo Anthony had been called for an offensive foul when he used his left arm to clear out Paul Pierce, who sold the foul well.
The Anthony foul came with 21 seconds remaining and the Knicks holding an 85-84 lead. Moments later, Douglas tripped over Garnett's foot as the Celtics' power forward was setting a screen to free up Allen. "I thought it was a bad no-call," Chauncey Billups said. "I just feel like if he's gonna call that call on Melo, which I thought was not a good one, if you're going to call that, you gotta be consistent."
Mike D'Antoni convinced Kevin Garnett fouled Toney Douglas; Melo didn't know Knicks were out of TOs
New York Daily News | Apr 19