The Clippers have earned themselves a bit of a reputation where the officials are concerned, and it’s something that continues to haunt them as we work our way toward the end of the regular season.
Doc Rivers saw this coming as early as the first week of the season, but has been unable to do much about the issue in terms of enacting change from his players.
It’s part of the reason Chris Paul was ejected at one point for not saying much at all, and his criticism of the situation afterward sparked a controversy because the referee involved happened to be a female, and Paul referenced her gender while making his remarks.
There was little controversy surrounding J.J. Redick’s ejection late in Monday night’s win over the Timberwolves, except for the fact that Redick believes he didn’t say anything that warranted either of his two technical fouls.
Redick said he had asked referees to intervene after Saunders walked on the court during a dead ball.
“I’m not sure why he was out on the court, but he was yelling and stuff, so I said to the ref, ‘Man, get him off the court,'” Redick said. “And Flip turned to me and said, ‘Man, shut the . . . up.’ And he said it like three times. And I just walked to my spot and I got a double technical for that.
“So I shouldn’t have kept talking, but all I said to [referee] Josh [Tiven] was, ‘I’m going to get my money back’ and he threw me out for that. If I’m going to get thrown out, man, at least let me say some stuff.”
Players are fined a small amount for each technical they receive, but the league reviews all of them, and in some cases rescinds them — which is what Redick was referring to. Evidently, the official didn’t appreciate the assertion.
It didn’t appear as though Redick said anything that should have deserved even one technical here, much less two and the accompanying ejection. But it’s possible that an entire game’s worth of complaining — either from his teammates, or from Redick specifically — is what ultimately caused the unexpectedly quick whistle.