The Pool Report interview was conducted by Michael Richman (Locked On Blazers) with Crew Chief Derek Richardson following tonight’s Miami Heat at Portland Trail Blazers game
QUESTION: Why was Kyle Lowry assessed his first technical foul?
RICHARDSON: Kyle Lowry was assessed a technical foul for directing profanity towards a game official.
QUESTION: Why was Kyle Lowry assessed a second technical foul and ejected at the end of the first half?
RICHARDSON: Kyle Lowry received his second technical foul for continuous complaining and throwing the ball at a game official in an unsportsmanlike manner. As per rule, a player receiving a second unsportsmanlike technical foul is automatically ejected.
QUESTION: To clarify there was no verbal altercation? Just the basketball at the ref?
RICHARDSON: It was continuous complaining and throwing the ball in a forceful manner at the official.
QUESTION: Why did the Miami bench receive an additional technical during the sequence?
RICHARDSON: Coach Spoelstra was assessed a technical foul for repeatedly addressing a game official in a disrespectful manner.
QUESTION: That was after the Kyle Lowry ejection?
RICHARDSON: That’s correct.
QUESTION: Why were Jusuf Nurkic and Tyler Herro ejected?
RICHARDSON: During the altercation, both players were assessed fighting technical fouls. Per rule, they are automatically ejected.