Suns vs. Bucks Crew Chief Says Devin Booker Should Have Fouled Out of Game 4

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 15, 2021

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives past Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) and guard Jrue Holiday (21) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
AP Photo/Aaron Gash

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-103 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday despite surviving a no-call on Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, who should have fouled out after wrapping his right arm around Bucks guard Jrue Holiday as he went up for a layup late in the fourth quarter.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

D-Book wasn't called for a foul on this Jrue Holiday drive 👀<br><br>He has 5 fouls <a href="https://t.co/pyw0NULe3H">pic.twitter.com/pyw0NULe3H</a>

After the game, NBA referee and Game 4 crew chief James Capers told the night's pool reporter, ESPN's Dave McMenamin, that he should have blown the whistle on Booker:

Dave McMenamin @mcten

Crew chief James Capers told me in the pool report that Devin Booker should have fouled out for making contact with Jrue Holiday on his run out with about 3:41 remaining in the 4th Q: <a href="https://t.co/gkMCdvMhT5">pic.twitter.com/gkMCdvMhT5</a>

Milwaukee was down 95-92 after Booker was credited with a block instead of a foul.  However, Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo grabbed the offensive rebound and put it back home to cut the Suns' lead to one.

From there, it was the Khris Middleton show as the wing scored 10 points down the stretch to lead the Bucks to a six-point win. Antetokounmpo also had a tremendous block on Suns center Deandre Ayton to keep the Bucks up 101-99 with 1:14 left.

Ultimately, the no-call didn't matter, but it could have had serious ramifications. Booker would have fouled out, leaving the Suns without the sharpshooting superstar who finished with 42 points on the night. That would have given an even bigger edge to Milwaukee.

The Bucks pulled through, though, and now the NBA Finals is tied at two games apiece. Game 5 is Saturday at 9 p.m. ET in Phoenix.