Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said he wasn’t sure why he got hit with back-to-back technical fouls, resulting in an ejection midway through the third quarter on Monday night in the midst of falling 120-102 to the Chicago Bulls.
However, crew chief Marc Davis discussed the decision to eject Mazzulla and Grant Williams with reporter KC Johnson as part of the official pool report released by the NBA after the game.
“After previously being warned at 4:53 in the [third] quarter, he comes onto the court making unsportsmanlike comments and is assessed his first technical foul,” Davis said in the pool report of Mazzulla’s technical fouls. “He does not get off the floor and continues to point and complain and is assessed his second technical foul and is ejected as per rule.”
Davis also shot down the Celtics taking issue with Nikola Vucevic getting no punishment for expressing dismay at a foul call on him shortly after Jayson Tatum received a technical for a similar action.
“At 4:54, Vucevic has a heat of the moment reaction with no overt act,” Davis said. “That does not violate the Respect for the Game guidelines.”
Davis also confirmed that Grant Williams was judged to make intentional contact, leading to his ejection.
“After it is correctly judged a blocking foul on Williams, he jumps up and approaches official [Cheryl] Flores and makes intentional physical contact with her and he is ejected as per rule for this sportsmanship act,” Davis said.
While Williams did not speak with reporters after the loss, Mazzulla took ownership of the ejection after the 120-102 loss.
“It’s unfortunate,” Mazzulla told reporters postgame. “We have to be composed in all situations. In a situation where the game’s not going your way and something like that happens, that just adds to the distraction. Regardless of what happens, we have to be better, more composed, and it starts with me.”
Mazzulla said it was the first ejection of his career.