The NBA has slapped both Los Angeles Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers and Detroit Pistons’ center Andre Drummond with $15,000 fines for their recent antics.
The association cited that Rivers’ fine was due to “directing verbal abuse towards a game official and not leaving the court in a timely manner after his ejection.” The incident occurred with 18.6 seconds left in the first overtime of the Clippers’ 127-122 double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Tuesday.
Drummond was fined the same amount for elbowing Charlotte Hornets’ center Roy Hibbert in the back of the head during the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. Drummond was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and was promptly ejected.
NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Kiki VanDeWeghe, announced both suspensions on Thursday.
The Clippers are off to a great start with a 14-5 record and currently sit just 2.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference. Los Angeles is in now third-place in the conference standings, one game behind the San Antonio Spurs for second-place.
However, the Clippers recently lost to the Nets, a team with the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference. It was also notably Los Angeles’ third consecutive loss.
Drummond is off to an impressive start as well and is probably fortunate that he won’t miss any games after this incident although the aforementioned flagrant foul will count towards a possible suspension down the road. In 19 games, Drummond is averaging 14.3 points and 13.2 rebounds per contest. He is second to only Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside in rebounds per game this season.
Detroit is off to an even 10-10 start and currently sit in seventh-place in the Eastern Conference