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Kyle Lowry gets ejected for tossing ball to referee (video)

Kyle Lowry ejected from Miami Heat v Portland Trail Blazers

PORTLAND, OREGON - JANUARY 05: Kyle Lowry # 7 of the Miami Heat is escorted off the court after being ejected from the game during the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on January 05, 2022 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)

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Kyle Lowry has gotten ejected for throwing the ball too far to a referee.

Now, he has gotten ejected for throwing the ball too hard at a referee.

I guess.

Lowry got his second technical foul in the Heat’s 115-109 win over the Trail Blazers yesterday for this toss to Matt Kallio:

Crew chief Derek Richardson confirmed “throwing the ball in a forceful manner” factored into Lowry’s technical. In fairness to Kallio, slow-motion replays unhelpfully don’t do justice to the zip on the ball. But still. The velocity didn’t look excessive.

Want to see real intensity? Watch Tyler Herro go after Jusuf Nurkic following a hard screen and Nurkic go right back at Herro:

Herro’s and Nurkic’s ejections seem more warranted.