Reggie Evans Receives Technical Foul for High-Fiving Blake Griffin
The officials are probably relieved it was a two-point victory.
In the second quarter during a play in transition, Reggie Evans was fouled by Quincy Pondexter. Amped up over the play (and, well, because Evans is rarely not amped up), Evans found teammate Blake Griffin and celebrated with an emphatic high five.
So emphatic, in fact, it earned him a technical foul.
Referee Marc Davis whistled Evans for the technical, leaving Evans and Griffin trying to explain that they had just been high-fiving. It was a strange play and it resulted in a technical free throw for the Grizzlies. Rudy Gay made the free throw, then the ball went back to the Grizzlies for Evans to shoot his free throws off of the Pondexter foul.
As mentioned by CBS Sports, Davis was the official who was bumped by Rajon Rondo, earning him a one-game suspension in the Celtics-Hawks series. Not sure what the official explanation on this one will be, but in a close game with a two-point margin of victory, this play serves as the ultimate reminder that every single possession matters.
Check it out for yourself, via CBS Sports:
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