LOS ANGELES (AP) – Doc Rivers has been in the NBA for 33 years as a player and coach. He thought he had seen everything until Friday night.
Coach Los Angeles Clippers and Jim Boylen of Chicago were thrown out at the Staples Center in the third quarter for arguing. It's something so rare that the NBA and Elias Sports Bureau could not remember or follow the last time it happened.
"I've been in the corner for some time and I needed something new," said Rivers after the Clippers' 128-121 win.
The Clippers led 91-76 with 1: 10 remaining in the period when Boylen thought the Clippers forward, Montrezl Harrell, was too aggressive on an offensive foul and started screaming from the other side of the court. to Rivers and officials.
Both of them started arguing near their respective benches when the official Jason Phillips evaluated the first technique. Boylen and Rivers continued to argue, which led Phillips to evaluate the second technique and an automatic expulsion.
"After receiving the first technical foul, they continued a verbal exchange between the two coaches and therefore received a second technical foul for the rest and were then automatically ejected with two technical fouls each," Phillips said in a report. pool. "The first was for the argument, and we said (to the coaches) that it was enough, and then they continued."
Boylen was angry because he thought the Clippers came out with moving screens. He added that one of the players had not been called in the first period, as Chicago goalkeeper Ryan Arcidiacono had been hit in the jaw and had not resumed his place.
"I talked to officials before the half and told them to watch the screen in motion," Boylen said. "They came back halfway and said that they had missed the game. I let it go and they put another moving screen on half-court on another of my leaders. I did not like it and I warned everyone.
Rivers said he did not know why he had been expelled for the second time this year, especially since he had stated that it was not him who had instigated the argument.
"I was talking to the referee and basically said," It was a clean choice. " Then all of a sudden, I hear Boylen shouting at me, saying we were dirty or anything, because I guess in the first half, we established another legal choice and that one of their guys were hurt, "Rivers said. "I meant maybe turn around and scream at your guys and tell them to call selections, but do not shout at me. I did not say it so nicely, then the referee came to throw us on the street.
"I think Jason did double technology. He did not want to decide who was the instigator and chose the easy way. I do not think that a coach should make comments to another team. "
After the two coaches were sent off, Pete Meyers took over from the Bulls and Rex Kalamian from the Clippers.
"I have no problem with Doc. He's fighting for his team and I'm fighting for my team, "Boylen said.
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