On Thursday night, it was Adrian Griffin’s turn.
Milwaukee Bucks HC Adrian Griffin Ejected Vs. Pacers
It was also early in the third quarter that Griffin got himself ejected on Thursday. This was after the first-year coach got two quick technical fouls for arguing a non-call on Antetokounmpo:
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Following Wednesday’s win over Detroit, Griffin stated that he felt he needed to protect Giannis more. It seemed like the Bucks coach felt a bit responsible for Antetokounmpo’s ejection against the Pistons.
“I think I just have to do a better job. Giannis doesn’t complain to the refs. He’s really respectful to the refs. I think I’m letting him down in that sense because I think I need to be a little more vocal during the games when he’s getting hit and kind of stick up for him a little better. I’ve been dropping the ball on that.
“… He’s extremely respectful to the game and to the fans and to the refs, and I think I just gotta do a better job of protecting him.”
Griffin is clearly a man of his word. This is exactly what he did on Thursday after the referees refused to call a foul on Giannis’ dunk.
You just live to see it. Griffin is going to get himself fined for his antics here, but this could be the type of moment that brings the team closer together. After what he said on Wednesday night, Coach Griff just had to do it.
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