The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 103-101 in Game 3. Afterward, Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst wasn't pleased with the officiating in the game.
The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 103-101 in Game 3, and Bucks general manager Jon Horst wasn't pleased with the officiating. The organization’s opinion became solidified once they were able to review the statistics and also review the game tape of what was one of the more physical playoff games in recent memory.
“When you start looking at the numbers, I mean, it’s just, it’s pretty outrageous,” Horst said to The Athletic's Eric Nehm. “And I think our players and Boston’s players just deserve to have it be addressed and have it be looked at and to just have some improvement.”
Horst wasn't impressed with the discrepancy in free-throw attempts — 34 for Boston, 17 for Milwaukee — and the Celtics attempting 17 free throws in the final 16 minutes, 33 seconds of the game (11 times in the fourth quarter), while the Bucks did not attempt a single free throw during that same time period.
“I mean, officiating is hard, just like playing is hard and coaching is hard and I think we all have a standard of trying to get better and improve," Horst said. "And at the end of the day, that’s what stood out to me. We have to improve. That wasn’t a quality playoff basketball game and I think officiating played a role in that.”
The Bucks lead 2-1 over the Celtics in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Game 4 tips off on Monday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
For more on Horst's thoughts on Game 3, check out Nehm's exclusive interview with him in the Go Deeper section below.Bucks GM Jon Horst: Foul discrepancy in Game 3 vs. Celtics 'pretty outrageous' - The Athletic View Story