Kyrie Irving Ejected for 1st Time in Career vs. Lakers; Dennis Schroder Also Tossed

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 11, 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 10:  Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets takes a shot as Andre Drummond #2 and Dennis Schroder #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers defend in the first quarter at Barclays Center on April 10, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.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. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Lakers floor general Dennis Schroder were assessed double technicals and ejected for trash-talking during their game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday:

ESPN @espn

Kyrie Irving and Dennis Schroder were both ejected after getting into it during the third quarter. pic.twitter.com/i2UEyKba3m

Irving had never been ejected before during his NBA career. He has been in the NBA since 2011.

Irving tossed his jersey to fans as he left for the locker room, per Chris Milholen of NetsDaily.

The ejection decisions were not well-received by some analysts, including Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen & Roll and Billy Reinhardt of NetsDaily:

TV's Harrison Faigen @hmfaigen

Like, I'm sorry you can hear more of what players are always saying because it's quieter. Wear earplugs or grow up, no one is here to watch you. Between this and the broadcast product I'm more convinced than ever that the league office doesn't watch games.

Billy Reinhardt @BillyReinhardt

Most disappointing things tonight:<br><br>1) The refs ejecting Kyrie Irving &amp; Dennis Schröder.<br><br>2) LaMarcus Aldridge really struggling against Andre Drummond.

The Lakers were up 66-62 with 9:41 remaining in the third quarter at the time of the ejections.

Alex Caruso substituted in for Schroder, and Landry Shamet took Irving's place on the court.