Jaylen Brown thinks Khris Middleton fouled him, and the NBA agrees

Milwaukee Bucks wing Khris Middleton’s last-minute strip of Boston Celtics counterpart Jaylen Brown had many highprofile C’s fans up in arms, since Middleton appeared to get away with a foul and the play resulted in a go-ahead 3-pointer by Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon to help even the series at 2-2.

After the game, Brown wore a Band-Aid on his forehead, but escaped any questions as to why he required it. Back in Boston for practice on Monday, he continued sporting a bandage 24 hours later:

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This time, with a scratch visible, Brown got asked about the Band-Aid, via Celtics.com’s Marc D’Amico:

There you have it, Celtics fans. Brown is right there with you, believing Middleton fouled him, and he’s got the bandage to prove it. Former NBA referee Steve Javie, on the other hand, offers a different take, one Bucks fans can get on board with — that it was a 50-50 play and all the calls even out in the end:

The NBA’s Last Two Minute Report might have made matters worse for Boston fans. Not only did the league rule Middleton should have been called for a foul on Brown, but that Giannis Antetokounmpo should have been called for an offensive foul against Semi Ojeleye on the previous possession. Boston’s Jayson Tatum also should have been whistled for an off-ball foul in the final two minutes.

Either way, Brown understands he’ll have to be a lot better against Middleton if the Celtics hope to end their two-game skid and regain control of the first-round series back in Boston on Tuesday night.

“He’s a killer,” Brown told reporters at practice on Monday. “He’s made some tough shots, and he’s extremely comfortable making them. We kind of made it a little uncomfortable for him, and he worked for the baskets he got, and we’ve got to continue to make it more uncomfortable for him. He started pulling tricks out the bag — up-fakes and stuff like that, stuff we haven’t seen from him in the first three or so games — and he’s continued to show his hand. He’s a really good player. He’s a straight killer, and he’s experienced. He can really shoot the ball and make tough shots, but we’ve got to really make it hard for him and keep making him uncomfortable. And hopefully we can wear him down.”

One scratch at a time.

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Ben Rohrbach is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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