Boston Celtics’ Evan Turner Gets Ejected for Hitting Ref with the Ball (Video) – Bleacher Report
Turner started at point guard for the first time this preseason.
Turner was assessed a technical foul for jawing at an official during the third quarter of the Celtics’ 92-89 exhibition loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. When the whistle blew, Turner passed the ball in the direction of the referee, who then called a second technical (an automatic ejection) after being hit by it.
Considering the ball bounced twice and had backspin on it, referee Eric Lewis probably overreacted—especially since he would easily have caught the lob from Turner had he been looking in that direction.
However, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said in a postgame interview that he believed Lewis made the correct call.
Did turner earn his technicals and ejection? Stevens nods. “I thought so.”
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) October 16, 2014
There’s also a good reason for the smirk on Rajon Rondo‘s face at the end of the above video clip. Celtics fans may recall a similar incident involving Rondo back in 2012.
While Turner’s disqualification may have been somewhat premature, Rondo clearly got his money’s worth with his ejection.
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