Chris Paul fined $35,000 for bumping referee, but no suspension


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.