NBA star Jayson Tatum says referees were 'ready to throw me out' of Celtics-Sixers game

Through nearly a quarter of the NBA season, the Boston Celtics hold the best record. 

The Celtics won their third game in a row on Friday, defeating the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the team's star player, Jayson Tatum, was dismissed late in the third quarter and did not return. 

In the dying moments of the third quarter, the four-time NBA All-Star had a heated discussion with officials, causing officials to toss him out.

"I was extremely surprised," Tatum admitted. "You all witnessed what happened. I'm not sure what I said, but it doesn't matter at this point. That does not sit well with me. One of the assistant coaches was with me, and he disagrees.

But it truly doesn't matter. It's like the referee's word vs ours. Even if I was correct, they would still toss you out.

"They [were] prepared. They were about to evict me. Did I swear? I didn't do it. I didn't utter a curse word. You can probably read my lips if you watch the clips. 

There will be no hand motions. Me and Bill [Kennedy] were talking, and the other two refs — as I previously stated, refs may have an impact on the game.

They do have an impact on the final result."Tatum also stated that, in his experience, officials often give NBA players more leeway before ejecting them. 

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