The Trail Blazers miserable night against the Lakers marked an unceremonious first for coach Terry Stotts. Following a suspect foul call following an Anthony Davis attempt, Stotts unloaded his frustration on the officiating crew, leading to his removal late in the third quarter of the lopsided contest.
Here is the video of the foul and Stotts’ reaction:
Terry Stotts was ejected and had to be restrained after being T'd up for arguing this call that led to Anthony Davis free throws. pic.twitter.com/bxryPNbJOO— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 7, 2019
After the game, Stotts added that Friday’s ejection was his first since an incident in the Long Beach Summer League.
Terry Stotts said his only previous ejection was at the Long Beach Summer League— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) December 7, 2019
Damian Lillard voiced support for Stotts following the loss to the Lakers.
“It was very necessary. VERY necessary.” — @Dame_Lillard on Terry Stotts’ ejection— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) December 7, 2019
The Lakers cruised to a 136-113 victory against the Blazers, outpacing the home squad 33-to-29 in the battle for free throw attempts.
Stotts joined the Blazers prior to the 2012-13 season. He has amassed 334 regular season victories as Portland’s head coach. According to ESPN, Stotts had the most games without an ejection among active coaches prior to Friday.