Free throws in Toronto Raptors games have suddenly become can't-miss TV.
On Monday night, Raptors big man Amir Johnson wanted to touch the basketball between J.J. Hickson's free-throw attempts. He reached for the ball, but official David Jones wrestled the ball away from Johnson and headed to the scorers' table to hand out Johnson's ejection.
Johnson responded by hurling his mouthpiece at Jones, striking the official in the back. He has since been suspended for the incident.
Fast forward to Wednesday night's tilt between the Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn's Kris Humphries went to the line with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter. When Toronto sent a player to the scorers' table to be substituted, the referees blew their whistles.
But Humphries apparently didn't hear it. He continued with his free-throw motion, causing official Courtney Kirkland to leave his feet in an attempt to stop the shot.
Maybe the officials felt they owed Toronto one, considering the Johnson suspension left Toronto with just nine players available for the game.
Brooklyn went on to defeat Toronto 94-88.