CP3 hit with costly technical by female ref he called out last season

Timberwolves Clippers Basketball

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul talks to referee Lauren Holtkamp after she gave him a technical foul during the final minute against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The Timberwolves won 108-102.

Mark J. Terrill

Chris Paul was hit with a technical foul from referee Lauren Holtkamp in the final minute of a close game Wednesday night, helping send the Clippers to a 108-102 loss to the Timberwolves.

If you remember, last season Paul caught a ton of flak for criticizing the first-year ref Holtkamp over a call and saying "This might not be for her."

Paul insisted his comment was only about her call, not the fact that she's a female. The NBA fined him $25,000.

You think she remembered?

On Wednesday night, with the Clips down by two in the final minute, Holtkamp whistled J.J. Redick for a foul while he and Paul were trying to trap Ricky Rubio at halfcourt. Paul clapped his hands in frustration and spun away as Holtkamp hit him with a T. It wasn't clear if he said something as well, however he could be seen jawing at Holtkamp afterward.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he was told the technical was for "an overt clap."

ESPN analysts Mark Jackson and Jay Williams criticized Holtkamp on air for calling the technical. Rubio converted the tech and 1 of 2 foul shots, and Minnesota finished on a 10-4 run to beat LA.

Afterward, Paul said Holtkamp tee'd him up for "nothing" and played coy when asked about having history with her. "Oh do we?" he said.

"That was a timely tech," Paul said. "It was my fault. I apologized to the team. You can't get techs in the fourth quarter."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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