The New Orleans Pelicans’ record dropped to 11-10 after suffering a second consecutive loss, in a game against the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Rondo’s assessment of the team’s temperament was best highlighted by a couple of confrontations that involved Anthony Davis getting as close to physical with the referees as he’s ever gotten.
Davis was tossed from the game after receiving a pair of technical fouls that came only 15 seconds apart from each other in the second quarter. With just over four minutes remaining until the half, the 4-time All-Star had to be restrained from going after official, Brent Barnaky, for his failure to call a foul on Karl-Anthony Towns’ attempt to contest his shot.
When on the defensive end of the floor Barnaky then in-turn charged him with a foul on Towns, Davis confronted the ref once more, at which point he was called for his second tech and lost his cool.
On both occasions, DeMarcus Cousins wound up having to keep Davis from charging at Barnaky. After the game, Cousins defended Davis’ right to express himself without repercussion. “What I don’t understand is players are punished for playing off of emotion and showing their emotions in the game or whatever the case may be, but other people are allowed to, and it’s totally fine,” he told reporters.
“It’s OK to coach off of emotions. It’s OK to judge a game off of emotions. I mean, it’s bogus.” Prior to Wednesday, Davis had never been thrown out of a game. The franchise phenom’s ouster came only one day after LeBron James was ejected for the first time in his decade and a half long career.
As soon as he left the Pelicans’ three-point deficit widened as they were outscored 17-6 in the half’s final four minutes. They’d go on to lose by a score of 120-102.
Last night it was LeBron…tonight it’s AD 😳 pic.twitter.com/oX3N6jQhN2
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 30, 2017