Charlotte Hornets forward Kelly Oubre Jr. was ejected very, very fast on Sunday night in their game against the Golden State Warriors.
Oubre was tossed in the fourth quarter of their 106-102 win — which snapped the Warriors’ seven-game win streak — at the Spectrum Center after he complained to an official briefly about what he felt was a missed foul call.
Then, almost immediately after he received the first one, Oubre received a second technical foul and was tossed.
“It was two separate unsportsmanlike acts,” crew chief David Guthrie said after the game. “The first technical foul was for an overt unsportsmanlike action indicating resentment to a no call. The second technical was for an unsportsmanlike wave off directed towards the official.”
Guthrie’s explanation is an accurate representation of what happened — as Oubre was seen making a shoving motion at an official complaining about a call, and then briefly waved that official off after receiving the first technical foul.
Complaining to officials about calls, though, is something seen across the league every night. This is likely why Hornets coach James Borrego was just as confused when asked about it after the game.
Oubre finished the game with 10 points and four rebounds off the bench while shooting 4-of-8 from the field. The 25-year-old is averaging 14.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game so far this season — his first in Charlotte after spending last year with the Warriors.