Thunder: Chris Paul says officials 'trying to prove point' with delay of game technical
The Thunder was called for two delay of game violations in the first half Sunday night at Portland. The second led to a technical foul and a Trail Blazers free throw.
Sound familiar? Chris Paul wasn’t buying the coincidence. Just two nights prior, OKC benefited from such a call in crunch time against Minnesota.
“Oh, he trying to prove a f------ point,” Paul could be heard saying after the technical was assessed.
“You’re going to be on SportsCenter tonight,” Paul told an official. “Good job.”
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In the Thunder’s win over the Timberwolves on Friday night, Paul alerted officials to Jordan Bell’s untucked jersey. It was Minnesota’s second delay of game violation, leading to a Thunder free throw with 1.1 seconds left.
After the game Sunday, Paul said, "he got me back."
"But we won, so I'm cool," Paul said.
Paul didn't want to go deeper on the subject in fear of a fine.
"I'm out," Paul said in the locker room. "I'm gonna save my money."
Thunder coach Billy Donovan was asked if he thought the delay of game calls were a result of Paul's actions from Friday.
"I asked them if that was the case, were they being a stickler? They said no, and that's the rule and they were following it," Donovan said. "I didn't see either one of the delays, so I don't want to comment on it. But once I see it, I'd be more than happy to comment on it."