Mon. Dec 17th, 2018

Jazz’s Rudy Gobert ejected three minutes into game for tirade

Rudy Gobert’s night immediately got off to a rough start. It ended with an early shower. A very early shower.

The Utah Jazz center picked up his first foul a second into the game Thursday night against the Houston Rockets, then was ejected less than three minutes in after picking up a second foul and lashing out on his way to the bench.

Gobert was whistled for a loose ball foul one second after the opening tip-off. Shortly after, Gobert was jockeying for position inside against James Harden and picked up an offensive foul at the 9:13 mark for pushing Harden.

Upset that Harden appeared to embellish his fall, Gobert exchanged words with referee Courtney Kirkland before angrily slapping a bottle off the scorer’s tale. Gobert was assessed a technical foul, then ejected when he continued to argue from the bench.

Gobert’s tirade comes two days after he was fined $15,000 for publicly criticizing the officials. The reigning Defensive Player of the Year was unhappy after Utah’s loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday and objected to being called for a critical late foul on Dwyane Wade in the closing seconds.

“I just want it to be consistent, at one point,” Gobert said. “Every night is the same s—. Every night has been the same s—. If you call something one way, you have to call it the other way. Once they start doing that, I’m going to have a little more respect. I’m just tired of it. Every game is the same.”

Gobert also suggested the Jazz don’t get favorable treatment from officials because they play in a small market.

“They can’t be deciding the issue of a game just like that,” Gobert said. “If you call a foul on the play on D-Wade, Donovan (Mitchell) got pushed harder right before. But he’s not Dwyane Wade. It’s fine.

“We’re a small market, and we know it.”

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