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Blazers' Robert Covington Fined $15K for Throwing Facemask at Ref During Kings Game

Erin WalshNovember 26, 2021

PORTLAND, OREGON - NOVEMBER 23: Robert Covington #33 of the Portland Trail Blazers reacts against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Moda Center on November 23, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. 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 Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Portland Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington has been fined $15,000 for throwing his mask at a game official, the NBA announced Friday.

The incident occurred during the second quarter of the Trail Blazers' 125-121 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Covington was given a technical foul and ejected from the game for his actions.

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Covington tossed his mask in frustration after Kings guard Buddy Hield made a three-pointer with 49.9 seconds to play before halftime. His actions were reviewed for a hostile act against an official. The call was held up, and Covington was ejected.

Covington is in his ninth NBA season and his second in Portland. The 30-year-old is averaging 6.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game as a starter alongside Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Jusuf Nurkic.

Covington, who went undrafted out of Tennessee State in 2013, signed a three-year, $2.25 million deal with the Houston Rockets for the 2013-14 campaign before joining the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014-15.

The Illinois native spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Sixers before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2018-19 season. He hasn't had much stability since his final year in Philly.

After being traded to Minnesota, he was sent back to Houston during the 2019-20 campaign before being traded to Portland ahead of the 2020-21 season. Covington will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021-22 season.

The Trail Blazers have been average at best this season, owning a 10-9 record entering Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors. Luckily, Covington isn't suspended and will be available against Golden State, which owns the NBA's best record at 16-2.