A costly technical foul assessed to Chris Paul in the Clippers’ 108-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night conjured up the point guard’s history with referee Lauren Holtkamp. Trailing by two points with 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Paul and Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick attempted to trap Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio against the sideline.
Though the pair of Clippers defenders stifled Rubio, Holtkamp whistled Redick for a bump. Paul instantly clapped his hands in Holtkamp’s direction. Just as Paul turned away, Holtkamp called the technical. Asked if the Clippers were provided with an explanation from officials, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “Overt clap. That was the explanation. Overt clap.”
Source: Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN
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