Los Angeles Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul was frustrated after a 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday that wasn't as close as the final score indicated.
Paul vented about the officiating, particularly from rookie Lauren Holtkamp, when referees assessed the Clippers five technical fouls. He picked up a technical and a flagrant foul on the night.
Paul has been fined $25,000 for his comments.
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Paul Fined $25,000 for Comments
Saturday, Feb. 7
Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported Paul has been fined $25,000 for his comments.
NBAPA President Michele Roberts Offers Paul Support
Friday, Feb. 6
SportsCenter provided NBA Players Association executive director Michele Roberts' full statement in support of Paul:
Michele Roberts, executive director of NBA Players Association, issued a statement strongly in support of Chris Paul. pic.twitter.com/usmrvVDOQC— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 6, 2015
Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reported Paul's take Thursday night:
Chris Paul repeated his answer, "Last night was about a bad call" three times, staying loyal to his CP3 brand.— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) February 6, 2015
NBA Refs Association Responds to Paul's Comments
Friday, Feb. 6
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski noted the NBA Referees Association's response to Paul:
NBA Refs Association responds fiercely to Chris Paul on official Lauren Holtkamp. Her calls, "justified," and,"She belongs," Lee Seham says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 6, 2015
NBRA's Seham on Chris Paul's digs at Holtkamp: "The NBRA deplores the personal and unprofessional comments made by Chris Paul. She belongs."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 6, 2015
Chris Paul Sounds off on Referees Following Loss to Cavaliers
Thursday, Feb. 5
Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding has the details of Paul's critique, along with some context regarding Holtkamp's background:
Chris Paul critical of ref Lauren Holtkamp's "terrible" tech on him (and Jordan). Said if she calls that way, "this might not be for her."— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) February 6, 2015
CP said he didn't understand Holtkamp not letting Clippers inbound ball faster and didn't curse, asking why (not)? CP: "I swear on my kid."— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) February 6, 2015
Holtkamp moved up from the NBA Development League to become a full-time NBA referee this season.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) February 6, 2015
Sam Amick of USA Today weighed in on what type of discipline Paul could face from the NBA:
So how big is that Chris Paul fine going to be? Questioning officials is dangerous grounds on its own, & this has the gender component.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 6, 2015
Paul later expounded on the situation, claiming Holtkamp gave him a technical for what seemed like an innocuous exchange, per Arash Markazi of ESPN.com:
CP3: "We try to get the ball out fast down the court and when we did that she said, ‘uh-uh.’ I said, ‘Why, uh-uh?’ And she gave me a tech."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 6, 2015
CP3: "I don’t care what nobody says, I don’t care what she says; that’s terrible. There’s no way that can be a tech."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) February 6, 2015
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was heard yelling in front of Holtkamp before she called a technical foul on him, and he also weighed in, via Ding:
DeAndre said he wasn't yelling at Holtkamp on his tech. Said two other refs agreed with him, so he hopes tech will be rescinded by NBA.— KEVIN DING (@KevinDing) February 6, 2015
When Cleveland center Timofey Mozgov went up toward the rim earlier in the game, Paul received a flagrant foul for wrapping his arm around the big man's neck, so it was a tough night for him overall. He finished just 4-of-14 shooting for 10 points, although he did chip in nine assists with zero turnovers. That L.A. came up flat in such a big game and Matt Barnes was ejected for two technical fouls only added to the disappointment.
Thursday marked the third loss in four games for the Clippers, who will play in Toronto on Friday in the sixth contest in an eight-game road trip.