Jason Terry was ejected in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ Game 3 loss to the Clippers on Friday, for running up to Blake Griffin and shoving him in the back, seemingly for no reason.
The game had already been decided at the time, with L.A. comfortably leading by 29 points, and Griffin didn’t do anything to warrant the attack, at least on that particular possession.
The league will take a closer look, just as it does with all plays that result in an ejection. But Terry doesn’t believe he’s in line for any additional punishment.
“I just went and tried to take a foul, but it was definitely unwarranted,” Terry said. “They gave me a technical and I was out of there. I can’t let that happen so I apologize to the team for that.”
Terry, however, did not believe there would be any additional penalty from the league.
“There shouldn’t be,” Terry said. “There was nothing malicious. I didn’t throw a punch or anything like that. It wasn’t a blow to the head. I don’t this so.”
I disagree that there was “nothing malicious,” but I do agree that this doesn’t warrant a suspension.
We’ll see if the league ends up seeing it the same way.