Tony Brothers addresses why he ejected Clippers coach Doc Rivers late vs. Rockets
According to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints, Brothers said that Rivers was given a chance to calm himself down after receiving his first technical foul (which he got after expressing his dissatisfaction with losing a timeout). However, Rivers remained on the floor and kept yapping, forcing the referee to tag the head coach with another technical foul.
A pool reporter spoke to the lead official from tonight's Clippers-Rockets, Tony Brothers, to discuss what happened on Doc Rivers having a timeout taken away and his subsequent ejection. pic.twitter.com/rJCYreff52
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) November 14, 2019
The ejection occurred at the 1:31 mark when the Clippers were down by nine points and were trying to mount a final run.
Before the incident, James Harden was torching the Clippers’ defense, draining shot after shot. Rivers’ ejection might have served as the nail in the coffin. After he was booted out, the Clips just made one basket.
Brothers’ explanation certainly shed some light on those who were not in the arena. Some felt that the two technicals were uncalled for and the referees might’ve been favoring the Rockets.
However, Brothers’ side makes perfect sense. Rivers was given a chance to calm down but didn’t. Brothers doesn’t have an innate hate for Rivers. He was simply doing his job of officiating the game, making sure that nothing gets out of hand.
Interestingly though, the moment gave fans one of the most amusing moment in the young NBA season. Austin Rivers, Doc’s son who plays for the Rockets, actually called for the refs to give his dad a technical leading to the ejection.