March 02, 2024

NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard shows little bit of emotion, gets slapped with technical foul

NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard shows little bit of emotion, gets slapped with technical foul
Associated Press

On Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder eked out a 101-100 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The close score wasn’t really the story of the game. Stealing the show was NBA referee Mousa Dagher, who seemed to be a little too trigger-happy in handing out technical fouls.

At the 4:25 mark of the second quarter, Leonard got T’d up by Dagher after the Clippers superstar asked the ref for an and-one. You know how Kawhi is, he isn’t one to show a lot of emotion. That’s why it was surprising that he got a tech right there and then.

To compound things, Dagher hit Leonard’s teammate Terance Mann with two technical fouls after the latter tried to plead the two-time NBA champion’s case. Mann of course, had to leave the game.

 

The replays show that Thunder swingman Aaron Wiggins had a bit too much contact with The Klaw's left arm on the play. Kawhi could have had a free throw if the foul was called. Considering the final score, the bonus could also have given the Clips a chance to win in overtime.

In conclusion, the NBA officials might be getting a little too sensitive with the technical fouls. In many instances, fans and players just had to voice out their frustrations over what they perceived to be ridiculous calls or non-calls. Maybe commissioner Adam Silver should address this before things get out of hand.