Celtics Fans Accuse Lakers Of Cheating To Win
Celtics fans accused the Lakers of cheating to win following their highly anticipated nationally-televised Sunday afternoon showdown.
Los Angeles ultimately escaped the outing with a 114-112 victory, but it was not without controversy.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the way for the Lakers with 61 combined points, and they were objectively spectacular for most of the game. Along the same lines, Jayson Tatum essentially put Boston on his back for the majority of the match-up en route to a 41-point, 5-rebound campaign.
This was ruled as a blocked shot…🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/8ngJ1uCKgW
— Taylor Snow (@taylorcsnow) February 23, 2020
Unfortunately, despite how entertaining the game was, all a lot of fans could talk about after the fact was the referees robbing the Celtics of victory.
The Ringer owner and known all-things-Boston sports fan Bill Simmons led the charge.
“This is why the Lakers have to be the favorites no matter how well Milwaukee is doing – if they’re getting every call they’re unstoppable,” he wrote on Twitter.
Simmons was not alone in that assessment.
“How the hell can you call a tech in a 1 point game at the end of the ball game,” Jay Williams wrote.
“These refs need to maintain their composure. Horrible tech call.”
This is why the Lakers have to be the favorites no matter how well Milwaukee is doing – if they’re getting every call they’re unstoppable.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 23, 2020
Of course, not everyone shared Simmons’ opinion.
ESPN NBA insider Tim Bontemps noted that while the officiating was spotty in Sunday’s outing, the Celtics have nobody but themselves to blame for the loss.
“Boston will be frustrated about a few calls going the other way late, but there also was a missed layup with 50 seconds left, the Celtics were unable to rebound a missed free throw, and then turned the ball over down one with 15 seconds left,” he wrote on Twitter.
With the victory, the Lakers move up to 43-12 on the season. Boston, meanwhile, dips to 39-17 and is now two games behind the Toronto Raptors for second place in the Eastern Conference.