The Cleveland Cavaliers tied a franchise-record with their 12th consecutive victory following a 105-94 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night. The game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicates as Kevin Love and the Cavs jumped out to a big lead and coasted throughout much of the second half.
Frustrations were evident as the Clippers were called for five technical fouls, bringing their league-leading total to 58 for the season. Matt Barnes was ejected following his second technical and is now tied for the most in the NBA with 11 on the season. DeAndre Jordan was T’d up, but it was the technical foul that Chris Paul received from rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp, the NBA’s third woman to officiate game, that had the entire team, and most notably Paul making waves afterwards.
“I think we have to show better composure, but at the same time some of [the technical fouls] were ridiculous,” Paul said. “The tech that I get right there was ridiculous. I don’t care what nobody says, I don’t care what she says; that’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a tech. We try to get the ball out fast every time down the court, and when we did that, she said, ‘Uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why, uh-uh?’ And she gave me a tech.
“That’s ridiculous. If that’s the case, this might not be for her.“
As expected, the comments made by Paul lit up social media. Paul also serves as the head of the National Basketball Players’ Association and sources close to him said that he was not referring to Holtkamp’s gender, but instead the fact that she’s a rookie.
The head of the National Basketball Referees Association is defending Lauren Holtkamp after the “personal and unprofessional” comments made by Paul.
The NBA is currently looking into the comments as part of the league’s protocol when players are critical of referees’ calls.
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