Jazz's Gobert tossed after fine for ripping refs
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Gobert smacked a bottle off the scorer’s table in frustration after being called for his second foul with 9 minutes, 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter against the Houston Rockets. He was quickly ejected by referee Courtney Kirkland.
“I just came in to try to play basketball,” Gobert said after the Jazz routed the Rockets 118-91 despite his early exit. “Fouls were called, and I had a stupid reaction. I think I can blame myself more than anything for that one.”
Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the officiating after his team’s loss to the Heat on Sunday.
Gobert was called for a foul on the opening tip despite the Rockets getting possession. His second foul came when Houston’s James Harden flopped while Gobert was fighting for post position.
Gobert is the only player ejected in the first three minutes of a game over the past 15 seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. The last time a