Kyle Korver was an enormous thorn in the side of the Boston Celtics last night, shooting 6-of-7 from three-point range on his way to 24 points. Evan Turner was often given the task of trying to slow the sharpshooter in the third quarter, but his efforts proved futile.
Turner was whistled for a questionable loose ball foul immediately after checking in and it seemed to shift his concentration from his opponent to the referees. Korver took advantage. The Creighton product knocked down the free throws and within the next minute and a half proceeded to hit two threes on Turner to bring the Celtics lead from 12 down to 6.
Turner was visibly frustrated, and that frustration boiled over into his postgame comments, as reported by the Globe's Gary Washburn.
"They started pressuring and it's tough to score when you have two hands inside your jersey as well," he said. "At the same time, I got a foul call on Korver and they said I pushed him and tripped him and he just fell. He can't guard to save his life and he's grabbing Marcus Thornton and he's grabbing me and he has no business being in the game on the defensive end but what can you possibly do if they're allowed to have their hands on you?"
No one is happy with the way these last few games have unfolded - and they shouldn't be. However, being consumed by the officials and calling out Korver's defense on a night he played an integral role in his team overcoming a 23-point deficit might not be the best course of action.