Posted November 20, 2013

Video: Knicks lose to Pacers after controversial foul call on Iman Shumpert

Ben Golliver, Iman Shumpert, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks, Paul George

A controversial foul call against Iman Shumpert in the closing seconds of regulation allowed the Pacers to come back and beat the Knicks 103-96 in overtime.

With 9.2 seconds remaining and the Knicks leading 89-86, Paul George inbounded the ball to David West, who quickly handed it back to George. After two quick dribbles, George squared his shoulders and launched a deep left-angle three-pointer from well beyond the

As Shumpert reached out to contest the shot, which missed badly, he appeared to lightly graze George’s right elbow. The referee called a foul on the play, much to Shumpert’s great surprise and dismay, and George was awarded three free throws with 5.2 seconds remaining in the game. Here’s a look at the contact via @CJZero.

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Iman Shumpert grazes Paul George’s elbow at the end of regulation. (@CJzero)

The career 80.3 percent free throw shooter knocked down all three shots to tie the game. New York was unable to score on the other end, forcing overtime.

Indiana handily won the extra period, dropping New York to 3-7. The Pacers improved to 10-1, which stands as the best record in the Eastern Conference.

This appeared to be the right call, even though the contact was as minimal as it gets and the game’s outcome hung in the balance. Knicks coach Mike Woodson agreed, telling reporters afterwards that the mistake was made by Shumpert, not by the referees.

“He’s a young player,” Woodson said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “Just gave a foul that we didn’t need at that moment. … I looked at the tape. He got [George] on his elbow, and Joey [Crawford] made the right call.”

New York was up by three points and theoretically could have fouled George on purpose prior to the shot to prevent the game-tying attempt and put him on the line for two free throws. The Knicks did not pursue that strategy and that proved to be a costly decision thanks to Shumpert’s gaffe.

Numbers crunched by 82Games.com and DePauw University coach Bill Fenlon strongly suggest that fouling when up by three is the smarter play from a statistical standpoint, but Woodson made it clear in a 2010 New York Times article that he was a staunch proponent of playing defense rather than fouling.

“I never take the foul,” said Woodson, who was the coach of the Hawks at the time. “I just always put it on our team to defend.”

George finished with a game-high 35 points (on 12-for-26 shooting), five rebounds, four assists and five steals in 49 minutes. George Hill added 23 points (on 7-for-18 shooting), eight rebounds and three assists.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 30 points (on 10-for-28 shooting), 18 rebounds and three assists. J.R. Smith chipped in 21 points (on 8-for-19 shoooting) and five rebounds off the bench.

11 comments
Jive_Turkey
Jive_Turkey

'controversial call'?  Biased much? look at the replays. clearly fouled

malgus
malgus

you can't touch a person who is shooting's elbow.  It's against the rules and it's super easy to mess up a shot  with the slightest touch - which is what shump did.  correct call.  

Next time put a hand in his face instead of touching him.

johns74262380
johns74262380

The Knicks are 3-8, not 3-7 and while technically it may have been the right call, the refs were atrocious all night.

bebeard2
bebeard2

No question there was contact, shouldn't even be a debate about the George foul. The real question is how they didn't call a foul on George as Carmelo was going for the buzzer beater on the other end. A lot of contact.

Boylemaker88
Boylemaker88

Bad call, but I guess this is belated payback for that joke of a call for Larry Johnson that cost the Pacers in the playoffs back in the 90's. Not much of a payback but I'll take it. 

Pupman
Pupman

This is a great example of a bunch of losers playing a bunch of winners.  The Knicks will blow it 9 out of 10 times.  Even when it should be locked up, there is always the strong tendency for them to disappoint and blow it by the time the end result comes around.  They are such losers.  They are just not worth watching anymore.  I'm sick of their stupid moves and their idiot management and I'm glad there is more exciting more talented games available to watch these days.  I used to be a staunch fan for that team but I just can't stomach their ineptitude and passion for failure from management down anymore.

John124
John124

Someone taller should have been contesting George's shot.

EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

@bebeard2 Agree on both counts. I think one thing that has happened is the Pacers, especially Hibbert but same w George on that play, have gotten a ton more respect from the officials with the verticality rule than say 2 yrs ago. I don't think George fouled him, but I think 7 out of 10 times they are going to call it a foul if it's another player on another team. Certain guys on the Pacers have the benefit of the doubt at this point.

johns74262380
johns74262380

@Boylemaker88 You have no idea if that call actually "cost" you.  LJ made the 3 which tied the game...who knows what would have happened in OT.

DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

@Boylemaker88 yep just saw the clip on youtube, that 4 point play. just type in larry johnson pacers into the search box on youtube.

DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

@Pupman and they were worth watching when isiah thomas was coaching them? this team sucks. even with ewing, and that stupid brick shooter starks, they stunk it up. they can't win!