Brook Lopez got extremely hot – unusually hot!
The Milwaukee Bucks center was ejected for the first time in his career during his team’s home game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday (all times AEDT) after removing Gary Trent Jr.’s headband.
Lopez and Trent became entangled off the ball midway through the fourth quarter while Jrue Holiday drove to the basket, before Lopez removed Trent’s headband as the pair shuffled towards the baseline.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2019
Trent’s teammate, OG Anunoby, then intervened by going at Lopez, firing up the enraged Bucks big as he had to be held back by multiple players and coaches, while Joe Ingles restrained Anunoby.
Lopez was given two technical fouls and ejected from the game after a lengthy deliberation by the officials for two hostile acts.
Anunoby and Raptors assistant Jamaal Magloire were both given technical fouls for their roles in the altercation.
“I dunno, I can’t expect the refs to get it right if they’re not going to get it right during the game,” Lopez said after the game when asked why he was so frustrated. Why do they think they’ll get it right when they replay it or any calls?
“Whatever it is… I make mistakes, you make mistakes, and they all do. They made mistakes tonight, and that’s all there is to it. ” They’re human, and they make mistakes. Even with the assistance of replay, they are still having difficulty. So, you know, it’s cool, it is what it is.”
Lopez’s departure made the Bucks, who were already missing Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton (both due to knee injuries), even more depleted, but Holiday’s season-high 37 points propelled them to a 130-122 victory. Milwaukee improved to 29-16 as a result.