Strategic or frustration, Houston Rockets coach Steven Cyrus’ night ended early in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans.
“He was fighting for the players,” Kevin Porter Jr. said. “The game started with a series of questionable calls and the coach’s frustration came out. We loved that he fought for us. He didn’t want it to become like that. He took it for us as head coach.”
With four seconds left in the first quarter, Cyrus received two technical fouls that led to his ejection Wednesday night in the Rockets’ 119-108 loss to the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center.
His dismissal came after authorities called Usman Galba for illegal screening of Naj Marshall. served.
Cyrus said he was frustrated that he didn’t get a call. But he was mostly upset with the Rockets’ poor start.
Houston was down 16-6 five minutes into the game. After losing his 45 points in the first quarter, the Rockets trailed the Pelicans by his 31 points in the second quarter in 7 minutes and 27 seconds.
“I needed to play better… I needed something,” Cyrus said. “The best thing about the NBA is that we have the opportunity to right our wrongs. But it has to be right the first time. You can’t start a game like this.”
Cyrus’ early exit was the second exit of his coaching career. His first game was on April 3, when he lost to the Timberwolves in Minnesota, 139-132.
Without Brandon Ingram (toes) and Zion Williamson (hamstrings), CJ McCallum scored 12 of 28 points in the first quarter.
Six players scored in double figures for the Rockets. KJ Martin came off the bench to lead Houston on both ends. He had a team-high 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, two steals and one block.
Jalen Green also added 16 points but scored 5/15 from the field.
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