Complaining about the officiating in the NBA playoffs is nothing new, but after their Game 1 loss to the Celtics, the New York Knicks took their gripes one step further.
The Knicks sent a tape of two non-calls in the final minute of Game 1 against the Celtics to the league office, an NBA source told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
The Knicks took exception to the pick Kevin Garnett set on Toney Douglas prior to Ray Allen‘s game-winning 3-pointer. New York also lobbied the league for a delay of game technical foul call on Delonte West, who ran onto the court following Allen’s 3-pointer to chest bump the veteran sharp-shooter, meaning six Celtics players were technically on the court.
According to the report, the NBA has admitted that Garnett’s pick on Douglas was a foul and West’s celebratory trip onto the court should also have been ruled a delay of game.
Watch the closing seconds of the video closely for a slow-motion look at Garnett’s pick on Douglas.