To put it nicely, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was not happy about getting ejected Monday night.
“I don’t think it makes sense to me. But next time, I’ll do justice myself so the official can eject me for a reason,” Gobert told reporters.
As Gobert ran down the court after a Jazz turnover late in the fourth quarter, he and Raptors forward OG Anunoby exchanged some shoves and words, eventually causing a stoppage in play once the Raptors set up offensively. The players needed to be separated and both landed double-technical fouls.
Gobert and Anunoby were tossed with 40.6 seconds remaining in the Jazz’s 101-92 loss.
Gobert accused Anunoby of trying to elbow him in the face, and then called out the referees.
“And the guy that’s getting paid to protect the other players didn’t do his job,” Gobert said. “There was a little altercation, and we both got ejected when I didn’t do anything back, pretty much, which I don’t understand.”
Utah and Toronto do not play each other again during the regular season.
Gobert, who had six points and four rebounds in 32 minutes, is averaging 15.1 points and 13.7 rebounds this season. Anunoby, meanwhile, scored seven points with five rebounds in 33 minutes. He’s averaging 10.7 points and 5.4 rebounds.