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NBA World Reacts To Austin Rivers' Ridiculous Ejection

Austin Rivers on the Denver Nuggets

DENVER, CO - MARCH 22: Austin Rivers (25) of the Denver Nuggets walks back to the offensive end after a timeout agains the LA Clippers during the fourth quarter of Denver's 127-115 win on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The Denver Nuggets took one step closer to locking up a playoff spot with a 125-118 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Rather than commending MVP candidate Nikola Jokic for going 15-of-19 from the floor with 37 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists, everyone was befuddled by Austin Rivers' baffling ejection.

Referee Tony Brothers gave Rivers a technical foul and tossed him during the fourth quarter for throwing a fake elbow that didn't even make contact with Lance Stephenson.

After the game, Rivers criticized the officials on Twitter and implored the NBA to review the play.

"Never in my life have I been thrown out of Game for something so ridiculous," Rivers wrote. "Seriously…never. League gotta look at this one."

He also addressed the incident on Instagram, saying he was just "trying to get [Stephenson] off of me."

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant called the ejection "embarrassing."

According to Mike Singer of the Denver Post, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone said after the game that Brothers told him Rivers committed a "malicious act." Even worse, the referee reviewed the play and still ejected Rivers for swinging at air.

People of viewers expressed dismay over the head-scratching call, and Brothers received a heavy share of criticism.

It's hard to understand what Brothers saw that led to him ejecting Rivers, who exited the game with three points in 19 minutes. While it didn't affect the game's outcome, Rivers will face a fine unless the league rescinds the call.