Pietrus speaks about the hard foul on Gasol at the end of game 4.
L.A.Times: “I think I was going for the ball. I don’t think I was trying to make a dirty play,” Pietrus said. “I’m smart enough with three seconds to go and they’re up 10 [actually 5], why am i going to get a hard foul. No, I was tring to make sure he was going to the free-throw line.”
Pietrus said it wasn’t even the hardest foul he has seen during the playoffs.
“I think from what I did, it was a little caress,” he said.
Gasol doesn’t agree. “The intention of the foul was definitely hurtful,” he said.
“…There was no way that was necessary to do that at that point, but just because I was able to take the hit and hold on to the rim, then it’s not punished. If I would have fell on my back and broke my head, then it would have been punished? It just doesn’t, doesn’t make a lot of sense.”