OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Mavericks have requested that the NBA rescind the technical foul called on Tyson Chandler during Saturday’s Game 3 win.
Chandler was called for the technical after Thunder sixth man James Harden hit the floor hard following some contact with the Mavs’ big man with 4:43 remaining in the third quarter. Harden had just made a layup and Chandler was attempting to take the ball out of bounds when they bumped.
“I’m hoping that it will get rescinded,” Chandler said before the Mavericks’ practice Sunday. “It was not a vicious elbow. I did not throw an elbow. I was trying to take the ball out of bounds. He tried to initiate contact and did a good job of flopping.”
Chandler lifted his arms, with the ball in his hands, after bumping chests with Harden. There appeared to be minimal, if any, contact with Chandler’s right elbow and Harden’s face, but Harden stayed on the court for several seconds with his hands over his face. Harden stayed in the game and did not require any medical attention.
“He did a good job because he got me a technical and he got his team a point for it,” Chandler said. “That’s the case with a lot of them. They run into you, do little things. Whether you react or don’t react, it seems that you kind of get caught up in the situation. It’s our job just to stay away from it all. You come here to play basketball. You don’t come here for the sideshow.”
If the league does not rescind the technical, it would count as Chandler’s fourth this postseason. A player must serve a one-game suspension if he gets seven technicals during the playoffs.
Chandler had a technical foul rescinded after Game 1. Chandler and Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins were whistled for double technicals after a Perkins-initiated confrontation 70 seconds into the series, but the league ruled the next day that Chandler’s actions did not merit a technical.