According to what the referees said in the post-match, Kevin Durant was expected to be sent off on Friday evening at the Barclays Center. Somehow the Brooklyn Nets star was allowed to stay on the court instead. Durantola, in the middle of the third quarter of the 105-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers, was fouled and suddenly threw the ball into the stands. Under NBA rules, such action should ensure automatic expulsion. Instead, only one technical foul was imposed.
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Sean Wright, head of arbitrators, then admitted the mistake:
“In real time, the referee who made the call didn’t think the ball had gone into the stands with force. After watching the post-match video, we noticed that the ball went into the stands with force and Kevin Durant should have been sent off ”.
Durant ended the match with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, shooting 7 out of 10 from the field. Of course, the Pacers coach Rick Carlisle described the non-expulsion as one ’embarrassing situation’:
“I will not share the explanation that the referees gave me because I don’t want to embarrass them. I don’t want to embarrass the league. I simply won’t tell you anything. The referees are good guys, but today they made a big mistake. The League will take care of assessing the situation. At this point, no matter what was the explanation they gave me during the match … the result will not change … “
— Alex Golden (@AlexGoldenNBA) October 30, 2021
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