There was no shortage of key moments during Thursday’s hard-fought encounter between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers. One that absolutely stands out, though, is Milwaukee head coach Adrian Griffin’s ejection in the third quarter of the game.
Coach Griff got himself tossed after arguing with the game officials over a non-call on Giannis Antetokounmpo. Without their head coach in the picture, Milwaukee would go on to lose in heartbreaking fashion, 126-124.
League Explains Ejection of Milwaukee Bucks Coach Adrian Griffin
The official pool report from the game officials was released shortly after the final buzzer. Crew Chief Kevin Cutler shed light on Griffin’s ejection in the third quarter:
“The first technical foul was for an overt reaction to a non-call on Giannis Antetokounmpo,” Cutler said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic. “The second was for disrespecting an official with profanity and per rule, two technical fouls, that is an automatic ejection.”
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I’m not entirely sure if Bucks fans are going to love that explanation from the refs.
It was two quick techs in the same sequence that led to Griffin’s ejection. Either he had some truly unsavory words to say to the refs or he just really wanted to get tossed.
It could be both too, considering how Coach Griff said before the game that he felt he needed to protect Giannis more.
Talk about delivering on your promise, right?
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