INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY JEFF ZILLGITT (USA TODAY) WITH CREW CHIEF JAMES CAPERS FOLLOWING TONIGHT’S BOSTON CELTICS VS. MILWAUKEE BUCKS GAME
July 31, 2020
QUESTION: Why was the whistle blown to stop play when Giannis [Antetokounmpo] made contact with Daniel Theis?
CAPERS: “Because in the official’s opinion, there was a possible hostile act that occurred on the play.”
QUESTION: James, you go to the scorer’s table, can you explain to me what you saw on the review that led to your decision?
CAPERS: I went to review it and noticed that the normal defensive stance by Giannis [Antetokounmpo] – his hand touched the belt-line of [Daniel] Theis. It was not in the groin area and therefore there was no illegal act on the play.”
QUESTION: Just for clarification in that situation, why can’t you review for a foul on Giannis [Antetokounmpo] in that situation?
CAPERS: “Hostile act review does allow for a foul. Had I seen a foul, and the contact been more than incidental, then there would have been a foul on the play, but that did not occur.”