Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul has been fined $35,000 for making contact with a referee during Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors. Although he will not be suspended for what NBA officials called, ”aggressively confronting and recklessly making contact with a game official.”
The incident occurred with only 4.4 seconds remaining in the Rockets’ 104-100 loss to the Warriors in Sunday’s Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Paul received his second technical foul and was automatically ejected, as he left he brushed referee Josh Tiven while arguing that Warriors guard Klay Thompson committed a loose-ball foul against him. The non-call on Thompson was correct, according to the NBA’s last two-minute report.
After the game Paul said that he wasn’t aware of any contact with an official. When asked again Monday he called any contact “incidental.”
I’ve definitely got to be better,” Paul said when asked how he could change the outcome, “I shouldn’t have got those techs and put my team in those situations, but the game’s always going to be emotional. If I’m not emotional, I’m not me, but I’ve definitely got to be better for my team.”
Tensions have been running high with members of the Rockets and NBA referee’s after last year’s loss in the Western Conference Finals, Houston believes one-sided officiating has become a trend against the Warriors.
The Rockets look to even up the series Tuesday night.