The NBA Playoffs first round matchup between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls is currently one of four series that are tied at 2-2 — but it’s the only one where sneakers have taken center stage during a pivotal moment (so far).
During the third quarter of Sunday’s Game 4, Bulls center Robin Lopez and Celtics small forward Jae Crowder were involved in a must-watch on-court sneaker mishap.
It all started when Lopez jumped out of one of his Adidas shoes during a rebound. As the big man kneels down to reach for his missing shoe, Crowder snatches it away and tosses it toward the baseline.
Lopez reacts quickly, stopping Crowder from heading back up the court as the referee calls for a stoppage. As Lopez reaches to retrieve his shoe, he decides to have some fun with Crowder for good measure, untying one of the Celtics forwards’ kicks in retaliation.
It didn’t take long for the refs to issue Crowder a technical foul for delaying the game, resulting in a brief scoring run from the Bulls before the Celtics ultimately put them away 104-95.
With this series now tied at two games apiece, the teams will meet again Wednesday from Boston’s TD Garden for Game 5. That will be followed by Game 6 from Chicago on Friday and if necessary, a Game 7 Sunday in Boston.
Check out another angle of the back-and-forth antics below.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 24, 2017