NBA
August 17, 2020
BY Lance Cartelli

Kristaps Porzingis Ejection Totally Screwed the Mavericks in Game 1

The Dallas Mavericks were on the verge of potentially upsetting the favored Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series when it all came crashing down. 

With 9:10 remaining in the third quarter, Kristaps Porzingis picked up his second technical foul and was ejected from the game after defending his teammate — and the Mavericks' best playerLuka Doncic

It's understandable for the referees to want to control a game that was getting chippy, but a non-violent argument is no reason to assess a second technical foul to a pivotal player in the playoffs. 

Some of the best players in the NBA, past and present, didn't shy away from voicing their disgust the only way they know how: Twitter. 

Even Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes tweeted about it. 

Porzingis' ejection was a fatal blow to the Mavericks' chances of stealing Game 1 of their series against the second-seeded Clippers. Before he was ejected in his first career postseason game, the Zinger tallied 14 points and six rebounds as the Mavs held a five-point lead. 

The Mavericks ultimately lost the contest to the Clippers, 118-110. 

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