Nets’ Kevin Durant takes subtle jab at officiating after Kyrie Irving ejection vs. Lakers
Kyrie Irving and Dennis Schroder were both ejected during the third quarter of the Brooklyn Nets – Los Angeles Lakers showdown on Saturday night. Asked about his thoughts on the officiating and the ejection of his good buddy, in particular, Kevin Durant offered a pretty blunt response.
Via Brian Lewis of The New York Post:
KD’s thoughts on the refs and ejections: “No thoughts. They control the game.” #Nets
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) April 11, 2021
Durant probably won’t get fined for his comments, but it’s a slight jab to the referees, nonetheless. It’s safe to say Durant wasn’t a fan of how the referees officiated Saturday’s contest. But it likely didn’t have too much of an effect on the game as Los Angeles controlled the contest for pretty much the entire game. Despite being short-handed, the Lakers wound up blowing out the Nets, 126-101.
Irving and Schroder were having a heated discussion with 9 minutes and 41 seconds remaining in the third period. The referees issued both point guards a technical each, perhaps in an effort to step them from jawing at each other. Irving continued talking to Schroder and the referee gave him another technical that kicked him out of the contest. The officials also issued a technical to Schroder shortly after to also eject the Lakers guard from the game. This marked the first time that both Irving and Schroder were ejected in their careers.
It was definitely a weird first ejection for both Irving and Schroder. They were doing nothing but chirping and weren’t really involved in any physical altercation. It was certainly unfortunate as both of them were having incredible games prior to their untimely exits. Irving finished the game with 18 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes while Schroder dropped 19 points and four assists in 21 minutes.