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Hasheem Thabeet’s strange ejection, then reversal by refs

Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

Hasheem Thabeet was taking part in the block party the Thunder were bringing to James Harden on Wednesday night (Russell Westbrook had the best Harden block with Serge Ibaka a close second.

But in the second quarter, when Thabeet had blocked consecutive Harden shots, the two jawed a bit. And referee Marc Davis was there. Thabeet inadvertently bumped Davis and pushed him off.

That got Thabeet ejected.

But this is why video replay works — Davis and the officiating crew went to the video and after reviewing it downgraded Thabeet to a regular technical foul, and he was allowed to return to the bench and the game.

Good on the officials for not holding their ground on this and making the right call.

Hat tip to SLAM for the video.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Understood the reasoning behind the original ejection – Thabeet did push a referee – but reversing that decision after review was the right call.

    It wasn’t a malicious shove, and I don’t think Thabeet even realized the person he shoved was a referee.

  2. skids003 - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I am a referee. Sorry, if you shove me, you’re gone. End of story. It doesn’t matter what you thought, you obviously weren’t thinking.

    • letangusespertplus - Nov 29, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      Ew. You sound like b!tch right now.

      • skids003 - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        You must not mind being shoved.

    • badintent - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      You’re assuming most NBA players can think and walk at the same time. If they do, they get a groin pull.

  3. modellforprez - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    You are a real BITCH right now….

  4. scalfor3 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    I think Thabeet should maybe accomplish a little more in the league before he starts mouthing off to opponents. Guy’s spent more time in the D league than the NBA.

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