You can expect a sympathetic text message from Rajon Rondo any minute now.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans was issued a technical foul by NBA referee Marc Davis for high-fiving teammate Blake Griffin during the second quarter of Game 6 of a Wesern Conference first round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies.
The play unfolded in transition, as Evans received a pass from Griffin and attempted to go up over Grizzlies center Marc Gasol with the Grizzlies leading 38-36 with 1:25 remaining. Evans was fouled on his way up by Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter and opted to celebrate his pending free throws by high-fiving Griffin. Grizzlies forward Dante Cunningham was standing between the two Clippers, bending down to pick up the loose ball. That's when Davis, who was trailing the play, charged in from halfcourt, signalling for a technical foul and then pointing at Evans.
"What did he do?" Griffin appeared to ask Davis' crew members as both he and Evans reacted in total disbelief. "We high-fived."
Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay made the free throw awarded for the technical foul and play continued.
Davis was the same referee who was bumped by Rondo during Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks after he issued a technical foul to Rondo for arguing a no-call. Rondo was later suspended for Game 2 for bumping Davis.