Warriors forward Kevin Durant said his ejection Tuesday was the result of official James Williams getting personal, something Durant believes is part of a trend in the NBA.
Durant told reporters after his team’s victory over the Knicks that Williams was looking to toss him “because he was still in his feelings” over Durant telling Williams in the first half he was wrong to call Durant for carrying.
Williams gave Durant a second technical foul late in the fourth quarter as KD was arguing being called for a personal foul. It was Durant’s 11th tech and fourth ejection of the season.
Jones has split six decisions in his career versus St. Louis while with the Sharks, but two of the losses came at home and San Jose failed to score in either contest. Aaron Dell lost in his only home appearance against the Blues last March 16.
St. Louis (35-26-5) is still in the mix for a postseason spot, but its hopes of playing past the regular season took a huge hit Saturday.
“I enjoyed my time in Milwaukee. There’s no regrets,” Kidd was quoted as saying. “We took an organization that was in a bad place and shined a light on it. They’re still young in running their race. Giannis is young in running his new race, as one of the best players in the world.”
Antetokounmpo is certainly one of the NBA’s best young players. Last season he earned the Most Improved Player Award as he made the All-NBA second team and the NBA All-Defensive second team. This season he is averaging 28.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, both career highs, and last week he was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive season.
ESPN’s Chris Haynes reported earlier Monday that Antetokounmpo was “devastated” after he learned of Kidd’s dismissal.
The Bucks (23-22) had lost four of their last five games heading into their matchup with the Suns on Monday night. Milwaukee held a one-game lead on Detroit for the Eastern Conference’s eighth playoff spot.