Chris Paul reacts to referee telling Elfrid Payton to thank Thunder star for untucked jersey call
Looks like Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul impacts games he’s not even a part of. A week removed from him “snitching” to the refs about Jordan Bell’s untucked jersey, referees are now paying more attention to offending players and are quick to issue delay of game warnings. New York Knicks guard Elfrid Payton experienced Paul’s influenced to the refs on Sunday, as he was flagged against the Denver Nuggets at the Madison Square Garden. Payton was tucking-in his uniform as he entered the ball game for the first time when he was penalized for delaying the game.
The official was even caught on record saying: “Y’all thank Chris Paul for it.”
Amused by what transpired, Paul tagged Payton and commented a laughing and a shrugging emojis in a video of the incident which was posted by House of Highlights on Instagram.
Unlike in Paul’s case where the call had an impact in the outcome of OKC’s match versus the Minnesota Timberwolves, Payton’s blunder did not seem to play a factor in the Knicks 105-111 defeat. Payton pitched in 10 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
He’s been averaging 8.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.7 steals in his first year in New York, while shooting 42.4% from the field and 36.8% from three.
Paul, meanwhile, is also on his first tenure with the Thunder this season, tallying 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in 25 games so far.
Officials usually disregard players’ untucked jerseys, especially at the end of games. Paul’s mastery of the league rules has put referees on notice, and we should expect more players getting flagged for untucked jerseys in the coming games.