I really don’t want to be That Guy who kneels at my homemade shrine of Bill Lambieer every morning while softly saying to myself, ‘the NBA has gotten soft.’
But the refs in the Sixers/Hawks game on Monday night left me no choice, as they ejected Sixers forward Mike Scott with 1:36 left in the first half for what officials deemed a Flagrant 2 foul on the Hawks’ Damian Jones. As a refresher, a Flagrant 1 call is made when unnecessary contact is made and a Flagrant 2 is when the contact is unnecessary and excessive, resulting in an automatic ejection.
The Sixers ended up squeezing out a 105-103 victory to remain unbeaten on the season, so Scott’s ejection wasn’t futile, but still. I can understand if we’re deep into the game and things are getting out of hand, but to toss someone in the second quarter over a foul I wouldn’t call in pickup is outlandish.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought so.
Ah, referees. Always getting blasted for their shortcomings. Poor bastards.