- Austin Rivers was ejected for supposedly throwing an elbow in Wednesday night’s game
- Upon review, no contact was made, but the ejection still stood
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The Indiana Pacers hosted the Denver Nuggets in Wednesday night action.
The Nuggets are looking to continue moving up the NBA playoff standings while the Pacers’ season is all but through. Denver would up winning the high scoring affair, but they were forced to do it without the help of one key reserve.
Austin Rivers landed a technical foul after seemingly throwing an elbow to the chin of defender Lance Stephenson. The jab also resulted in an ejection.
Austin Rivers got a tech and was ejected for faking an elbow at Lance Stephenson. pic.twitter.com/oLlV2jAm4W
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 31, 2022
But upon further review, Rivers never actually made contact with Stephenson. Though it was a nice piece of acting from the Indiana guard.
Of course, it’s not the first time Stephenson has been involved in this sort of thing. There was the infamous ear blowing incident with LeBron James. He was also called a ‘clown’ by JR Smith for his antics in a 2018 playoff game, which led to a LeBron ejection.
Now, he’s gotten another NBAer successfully kicked out of action. Rivers wasn’t happy with the bogus call, and most of the NBA world seems to agree.
Austin Rivers Responds To Ejection, NBA World Reacts
After the game, Rivers took to social media to blast officials about the ejection. He said he’s never been thrown out for something “more ridiculous” in his life.
Never in my life have I been thrown out of Game for something so ridiculous. Seriously…never😂. League gotta look at this one.
— Austin Rivers (@AustinRivers25) March 31, 2022
The rest of the NBA agrees, and they were quick to post opinions on Twitter.
Tony Brothers just threw Austin Rivers out of an NBA game for a ball fake
— Colin Deaver (@ColinDeaverTV) March 31, 2022
Austin Rivers got ejected for… raising his elbow?pic.twitter.com/SjuU1wMJ6N
— Pickswise (@Pickswise) March 31, 2022
Austin Rivers got ejected for THIS.
Of course, Lance Stephenson was a part of it 😂pic.twitter.com/xr0MrSAjmx
— Covers (@Covers) March 31, 2022
— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) March 31, 2022
Austin Rivers received a second technical and was subsequently ejected from the game on this play 🧐
Did this warrant a technical?
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) March 31, 2022
"I'm hopeful that Austin's able to get some money back."
Michael Malone says #Nuggets will definitely talk to the league about Tony Brothers' call to eject Austin Rivers. Malone told Brothers there was no contact, Brothers said it was a "malicious" act that didn't need contact.
— Joel Rush (@JoelRushNBA) March 31, 2022
Austin Rivers was ejected for this 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LpH3FrqG5W
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) March 31, 2022
Austin Rivers getting ejected for faking an elbow at Lance Stephenson is softer than _________pic.twitter.com/5kDwwDtHQv
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) March 31, 2022
throw Austin Rivers in prison pic.twitter.com/g0UHuV2XhK
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) March 31, 2022
Austin Rivers just got ejected for THIS?? He didn’t even make contact with him?? pic.twitter.com/2TfGarmxwf
— Mo Mooncey (@TheHoopGenius) March 31, 2022
The poor officiating cost Rivers the second half of action. Luckily, it didn’t affect the outcome of the game. Denver sits in fifth place in the Western Conference with just five contests remaining.