Game 4 of the NBA Finals was one of the best games in recent memory.
The Milwaukee Bucks were able to tie up the series 2-2 against the Phoenix Suns.
However, if the Suns were to win this game, we would have been talking about a specific moment.
During the fourth quarter, the Suns’ best player, Devin Booker, was one foul away from being disqualified from the game.
Booker was dealing with foul trouble all game, despite having a great performance.
Jrue Holiday was on his way to an easy fastbreak layup, until Booker committed the foul on him.
Usually, a play like that is the obvious move to make to stop the easy basket.
However, Booker had five fouls at the time.
It was not a smart move and Booker was out for the game.
Well, that is not exactly what happened.
Booker fouled Holiday on purpose, but it was never called.
Refs swallow their whistle on this call. This would’ve been Devin Booker’s 6th foul pic.twitter.com/3DfZIaeWzv
— CrossedSports (@crossedsportsig) July 15, 2021
Mike Breen was on the telecast and called it a foul, as he was expecting the whistle.
That whistle never came.
Why was Booker not called for the foul?
It Is The NBA Finals
The NBA Finals feature the biggest games that this sport can offer.
We see the biggest stars battle it out for the ultimate prize.
The NBA loves to see their best players play on the biggest stage.
For this year’s Finals, one of the best players in it is Booker.
However, he is an up and coming superstar with his play this season.
That is why it should not be a shock that the referees swallowed their whistle when Booker committed that foul.
The NBA Finals are meant for the stars, which the NBA loves.
They do not want the referees to take out the best players in the series.
Booker Was On Fire
The foul that was never called is going to be the story for the Suns side of things, but there was more to it.
Booker was phenomenal in Game 4 and could’ve been better.
The Suns' starters in Game 4:
Devin Booker – 42
Everyone else – 38 pic.twitter.com/XvRsn9bKOg
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 15, 2021
He finished with 42 points and could have made it more without the foul trouble.
His third-quarter performance would have discussed for a long time had they won this game.
Booker scored 18 points, while not missing a single shot in the quarter.
He was the sole reason why the Suns were taking a lead into the fourth quarter.
That foul trouble hindered the performance a little bit, but it was still epic.
That is why that foul was not going to be called .
The game was not going to be decided over Booker not realizing he couldn’t take that foul on that fast break.
The referees bailed him out to keep the game competitive.
We have seen that before and will definitely see that again.
Booker was too good for a foul to be called that late in the game during the NBA Finals.