Celtics' Jayson Tatum questions ejection vs. short-handed 76ers

Celtics star Jayson Tatum did not believe his conduct deserved a second technical penalty and ejection in the final seconds of Boston's 125-119 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night at TD Garden.

"I was extremely surprised [I was ejected]," Tatum admitted. "I mean, you all witnessed what occurred. I'm not sure what I said, but anything I said doesn't matter at this point.

That does not sit well with me. One of the assistant coaches, who was with me, disagrees. But what does it actually matter? ... When they kick you out, they really mean it.

"Even if I was correct, they could go back and discuss it after the game." We don't get that game back, and I don't get that moment back. It's awful, but, as I already stated, I can't reverse what happened

How players compete and influence the game. The game is influenced by the refs. So they evicted me, and right or wrong, it's their word vs ours. But I can't go back in time."

Tatum was ejected with 2.1 seconds remaining in the third quarter after being called for an offensive foul against 76ers 

Robert Covington that was reviewed by officials and upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 by referee Nick Buchert.

Tatum was ejected for a couple of reasons, according to a pool report with crew chief Bill Kennedy.

"After a loose ball foul was called on Jayson, he continued to complain and was repeatedly told to go to his bench," Kennedy added.

"He continued to complain about the foul called on the floor and overtly gestures toward the officials and was assessed a second technical foul."

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