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Brian Scalabrine accuses Heat Team of targeting Celtics star Jayson Tatum with a cheap shot

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The Boston Celtics handled the Miami Heat in Sunday’s Game 1. But former Celtics player Brian Scalabrine asked a question about Miami’s intention to throw cheap shots in the final minute of their losing effort.

Boston defeated a short-manned Heat team 114-94.

Scalabrine, sensing Miami’s desperation without Jimmy Bulter, claimed that the Heat’s Caleb Martin deliberately tried to injure Boston star Jayson Tatum in the final minute of regulation.

Martin fell into Tatum as the players went up for a rebound.

Tatum landed hard on the ground, but immediately got up. Celtics teammate Jaylen Brown disagreed with Caleb Martin’s lame move, which led to an argument between the players.


The NBC Sports Boston analyst suggested the NBA investigate Martin’s hit on Tatum.

Brian Scalabrine went a step further, stating that Miami coach Erik Spoelstra ordered Martin to “take down” Tatum during a timeout just before he hit the deck.

Scalabrine said: “I’m not trying to start with nothing here, but (Heat coach) Erik Spoelstra called a timeout with a minute and 30 (remaining) down at 16. … I don’t know, man. That shows looks dark to me.”

“…I think Martin should be suspended for that,” Scalabrine admitted. “That’s a dirty play. You can’t do that. Think about that. The NBA is about the star players. The idea of ​​winning a championship is that your star players have to stay healthy. And the guy goes up and you Just bump into him? That’s not basketball.

“First of all, the NBA needs to look at it. I don’t know if they’re going to fine him or not. I don’t know if they’re going to suspend him. But that’s not a basketball game.

“I don’t care what anyone says. Just ram into a guy who’s jumping for a rebound? Did he go for the rebound? … It wasn’t over the back, he drove him. That’s weak. To me that’s weak.”

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Tatum commented on Martin’s last-minute mistake, admitting the physical nature of the NBA postseason. The C star said: “It’s a physical game, playing against a physical team, that’s going to happen. It’s not the last time my body is hit or fouled like that in this series. I haven’t been injured.”

Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla also commented on the goal, taking a lighter approach than Scalabrine.

“I was waiting to see what (Tatum) was going to do. I was kind of excited about the whole situation. I enjoyed watching it.”

Boston takes a 1-0 lead in the series over Spoelstra’s sloppy team.

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