Miami Heat star Kyle Lowry was ejected early on Wednesday night after he appeared to just toss the ball back to the official after a foul.
Lowry, just before halftime of Miami’s 115-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center, went to toss the ball back to referee Matt Kallio after teammate Duncan Robinson was called for a shooting foul.
Kallio, however, apparently thought Lowry was trying to do something else — as he quickly ejected Lowry from the contest.
Lowry picked up a technical foul earlier in the period, which is what triggered the automatic ejection upon receiving his second.
Now if Lowry actually threw the ball at an official, that’s grounds for an ejection. No question.
But Lowry gently tossed the ball toward the official