Robin Lopez Ejected vs. Clippers After Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan Altercation

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Robin Lopez #8 of the New York Knicks moves the ball against DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers during the game on January 22, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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New York Knicks center Robin Lopez was ejected in the third quarter of Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Clippers after he appeared to take a swing at the head of Chris Paul following a failed rebound attempt. 

According to the Orange County Register's Dan Woike, Lopez was assessed two technical fouls, while Paul and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan were given one technical foul each for their involvement in the altercation.

If Lopez's actions were borne out of frustration, it's not hard to see why. 

The Knicks were gashed early and often by Jordan's putback attempts and dives to the rim, and New York's center stood no chance of taming the Clippers' high-flying antics, as Bleacher Report documented on Twitter:

"Things were getting pretty chippy out there," Lopez said, per the New York Times' Seth Berkman. "It happened so fast, kind of hard to recall. Maybe I overreacted a little bit, but what happened, happened. I'm OK with it."

According to, Lopez entered Friday night with just two technical fouls and no ejections this season. In fact, he's already eclipsed last season's total of three technical fouls thanks to the skirmish. 

Based on the way Lopez swiped at Paul and the verbal altercation that ensued, it wouldn't be surprising to see the NBA take a hard look at potential discipline in the form of a fine or suspension in the days ahead.