Kristaps Porzingis Ejection Totally Screwed the Mavericks in Game 1
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 player – Luka Doncic.
Porzingis a real one for going at Marcus Morris without hesitation after he started talking to Luka pic.twitter.com/Vty52pdFbX— gifdsports (@gifdsports) August 18, 2020
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.
Man that was BOGUS AS HELL MAN!!!!! Cmon man. 🤦🏾♂️— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 18, 2020
That ejection is super soft...— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) August 18, 2020
...you can’t eject him Kristaps for that. Protecting the Mavs best player. That’s bad.— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) August 18, 2020
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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