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League reviewed KG screen; West leaves bench again

Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics shoots

Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics shoots the game winning shot in the final seconds of the game against the New York Knicks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (April 17, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

 Though nothing could be done to change the outcome, the NBA reviewed the controversial pick set by Kevin Garnett on Toney Douglas, which freed up Ray Allen for the game-winning three-pointer in Game 1. A person with knowledge of the situation said the league's in-house staff, which reviews every game, immediately pulled the play for review.

There was a report in the Boston Globe that the Knicks had "sent a tape" to the league about that play, along with the ensuing celebration by Delonte West, who went onto the court while the ball was in play. An NBA source told Newsday that the league reviewed the Garnett pick on Sunday night, well before the Knicks put in their own request.

The Knicks on Monday morning asked that the play to be reviewed by the league's Referee Operations department. Technically, teams no longer "send" tapes to the league, but instead submit requests via an intranet network that privately connects all 30 teams with the NBA.

The league on Monday afternoon publicly acknowledged an officiating error that awarded a basket to Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Sunday's Game 1 win over the Denver Nuggets, but it made no mention of the Garnett screen. This was because, according to multiple sources, the play did not directly impact the score. Their thinking is that Allen still had to hit the shot.

In West's case, as Newsday reported on Tuesday, a delay-of-game warning should have been called, according to league rules. However, West once again left the bench area, along with Jeff Green, at the end of Game 2 on Tuesday, when Jared Jeffries and Kevin Garnett wrestled for a loose ball with 4.1 seconds left.

Both players appeared to be coming to Garnett's defense as tempers flared after the whistle, which could suggest they left the bench in an altercation. According to league rule, that would result in an automatic suspension. As the teams separated for the timeout, Doc Rivers could be seen yelling at Green, who got into a verbal exchange with Bill Walker.

A person with knowledge of the situation said the league did not view it as an altercation that would warrant further scrutiny.




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