Austin Rivers ejected for fake elbow on Lance Stephenson

Nuggets guard Austin Rivers was thrown out after a fake elbow on the head of Indiana guard Lance Stephenson in Wednesday’s 125-118 win over the Pacers — and players across the league aren’t happy about the call.

Rivers was hit with his second technical when he kept the ball high on the key in the fourth quarter. Stephenson snapped his head back as Rivers faked his right elbow – but appeared to make no contact with Stephenson in slow motion playback videos.

But the call still stood and Rivers was thrown as it was his second technical of the night.

Just before Rivers was ejected, he and Stephenson were called technical fouls midway through the fourth after getting into an altercation in front of the Pacers bench. The guards faced each other and exchanged words and had to be separated from teammates and referees.

Referee Tony Brothers said the falsified elbow was a “malicious act” by Rivers, according to Nuggets coach Mike Malone – who said The team plans to address the issue with the league office.

After being kicked out of the game, Rivers tweeted for the first time in 24 days, writing: “Never in my life have I been kicked out of the game for something so ridiculous. Seriously… never. League needs to look into this.”

Austin Rivers (right) and Lance Stephenson in an altercation
Austin Rivers (right) and Lance Stephenson in an altercation
A Phantom Elbow by Rivers
A Phantom Elbow by Rivers

web star Kevin Durant said the sacking was ‘so embarrassing’ in a tweet on Wednesday evening. Rivers’ fiancé, Audreyana Michelle, said the call was a bunch of “Bs” and called Stephenson a “clown” in a post on her Instagram story.

Stephenson is known for getting under the skin of his opponents. In 2014, he blew LeBron James’ ear in Game 5 of the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals when his Pacers faced James’ Heat.

Rivers accumulated three points and three rebounds before being ejected. Stephenson recorded five points in the Pacers’ loss.

The Nuggets moved up to No. 5 in the West with Wednesday’s win and host the Timberwolves on Friday while the Pacers take on the Celtics in Boston. Austin Rivers ejected for fake elbow on Lance Stephenson


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