The Brooklyn Nets were out of action on Wednesday night, but that didn't mean Kevin Durant was taking a break from consuming some basketball. The former MVP was left a stunned spectator over one particular call as the Indiana Pacers took on the Denver Nuggets.
With Nuggets guard Austin Rivers in a triple-threat position, he swung lightly from left to right to create some space between him and Pacers wing Lance Stephenson. Despite the fact that Rivers barely grazed Stephenson, he was subsequently ejected from the game and looked absolutely stunned while walking off the court. Check out the scene below:
Austin Rivers got ejected for 'throwing an elbow' in Lance Stephenson's face. Upon replay, Rivers didn't hit Stephenson.
Good or bad call on this ejection? 🤔pic.twitter.com/iq7kCVojq6
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 31, 2022
Kevin Durant couldn't believe it either. The Nets star took to Twitter to react to the bogus call on Austin Rivers.
“This is embarrassing,” said the Nets forward.
This is embarrassing https://t.co/eGA8epyrSj
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) March 31, 2022
The fact that even the Pacers broadcast commentating on the play called it “garbage” despite the call benefitting Indiana goes to show that the decision was the wrong one.
Nuggets fans can take solace in the fact that the play didn't impact the outcome of the game. Denver came out on top, 125-118, in a game that neither Austin Rivers nor Lance Stephenson played a particularly large role. The two combined for just eight points, four rebounds, and one assist in limited minutes for their respective teams.
But if the call was made against a star player like Nikola Jokic or Kevin Durant during a Nets game, safe to say there would be more fans up in arms over the controversial call.