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The officiating crew had a rough one Monday night during Sixers-Hawks — to neither team’s benefit — but the league is rectifying one of its worst decisions on the night.
The most egregious call came when Mike Scott was whistled for a Flagrant 2 after making contact with Atlanta big man Damian Jones and was ejected late in the first half after a review. On Tuesday, the NBA downgraded it to a Flagrant 1.
Here was the play in question.
Mike Scott has been ejected from the game for a Flagrant-2.
Here’s the play where it happened. pic.twitter.com/Kfh9nOmlu7
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) 29 October 2019
The main difference between a Flagrant 1 and a Flagrant 2 is that a Flagrant 1 is called for unnecessary contact. A Flagrant 2 is unnecessary and excessive contact.
You could make the argument that Scott didn’t make a natural basketball play to warrant a Flagrant 1. But a Flagrant 2? It looked like a bad call — even after several replays.
While it doesn’t help the Sixers for that game — though they did win to improve to 3-0 — it’ll likely help Scott’s wallet if he’s called for another Flagrant down the road.
Joel Embiid was also called for a questionable technical. After a savage posterizing dunk on John Collins, Embiid celebrated with a little shimmy. It appears the officials deemed it as Embiid taunting Collins.