Chris Paul was steaming.
All of the Rockets were, convinced of their own mythology that the officials had it in for them. Then James Harden took and badly missed a critical three — going to the ground selling a foul the league says was not one — yet there was Chris Paul with a smart play to slide in and get the offensive rebound. He couldn’t pass out to Harden for a reset, so CP3 tried to draw a foul with Klay Thompson. The referees kept their whistles in their pocket. Paul snapped, ran up to the referee to complain and bumped him.
Paul got a technical, his second of the game and he was ejected.
That all will cost Paul $35,000, a fine from the league for “aggressively confronting and recklessly making contact with a game official.”
Paul got off light, touching a referee often leads to a one game suspension.
Game 2 is Tuesday night and don’t be surprised if the officials call this game tight from the start to keep things in check.