The Cavaliers forward was ejected in the third quarter after slapping Grizzlies' Jae Crowder on the butt. However, the official to the side of the court, J.T. Orr, blew the whistle to give Thompson the technical.
"It's a former teammate of mine, Jae Crowder". So we have history and it was just a little competitive spirit, ' Thompson explained when asked to explain the incident.
Thompson had an utterly forgettable night versus the Grizzlies, recording just three points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes of playing time. They might have taken it the wrong way probably because they forgot that, I don't know, we were teammates for half the year, so it feels like playing anyone else, like if I was playing Kyrie (Irving) or something. Thompson and Crowder played together on the Cavaliers briefly during the 2017-18 season before Crowder was traded to the Utah Jazz, and he was just having a bit of fun. A player that commits two technical fouls in a game is immediately ejected, according to National Basketball Association rules.
According to CNN, Thompson's first technical foul of the game came after Crowder and Thompson were involved in a heated exchange in the first quarter.
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The slap was Thompson's second technical foul of the game, ESPN reported.
Thompson said he was "definitely calling [the players' association] to appeal that". "Bark a lot. Obviously not a bite, "Crowder said to Fox Sports Grizzlies".
The Grizzlies eventually won the game 113-109 held at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Cleveland had a chance to chip into the Memphis lead in the final seconds, but Love missed a pair of 3-pointers and the Cavaliers never got within one possession.
Following the report, of us on Internet likened him to Odell Beckham Jr. who was arrested after he slapped a police officer on the behind.