Up here, Kevin Garnett’s called for his second technical of the first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, after an equally questionable one in Game 1.
I’m not one to blame referees for too many mistakes — it’s a quick sport with snap decisions made by imperfect that are scrutinized on slow-motion replay. But that’s not at play here: this is a decision made after a play, with Garnett casually walking down court. He doesn’t do anything drastic. It doesn’t appear that he said enough bad words to warrant a technical (though with Garnett, that’s always possible). But Garnett’s still slapped with one.
I guess you could argue that he pawed down at Vasquez on the floor, but that’s silly to call a technical on. Maybe it was just preventative on the official’s part. Your thoughts?