Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Crew chief Capers on ejections
By Chris Forsberg
A pool reporter spoke with crew chief James Capers following the second-quarter altercation that left Rajon Rondo, Kris Humphries and Gerald Wallace ejected (read more HERE). Here's the full transcript:
Q: What specifically prompted the ejection of Rondo?
Capers: Rondo initiated everything that proceeded after the foul. And when he and Humphries go into the stands, they are involved in a fight. Fighting is an automatic ejection.
Q: What were the reasons for the two technical fouls on Humphries?
Capers: When Kevin goes to the basket, he is rerouted by Humphries. So we had a personal foul for the reroute. Kevin is trying to continue -- to get a continuation by shooting -- and now Humphries hits him. Because the whistle blew, it was a dead-ball situation, and that's a technical foul for contact during a dead ball ... What proceeds after that is a fight, so he's ejected.
Q: Did Wallace or Garnett throw a punch?
Capers: As we reviewed it, no. They aggressively went to one another, and they basically pushed and extended on one another, but there was not a punch thrown.
Q:What prompted their technicals?
Capers: For the escalating of the event. And then Wallace (already) had one, so therefore he was ejected.