Serge Ibaka went and got himself thrown out of Wednesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, which is certainly one way to manage your own workload on a back-to-back.
Midway through a frustrating second quarter, Ibaka was whistled for a foul on a Blake Griffin floater in the lane. He gave the referee a “come on,” then got hit with a technical foul as he walked toward the bench. He eventually earned an ejection for continuing to express his displeasure on his way to the bench.
Ibaka was struggling for the first half and frustration may have just boiled over here. He shot 2-of-8 and 0-of-4 on threes for four points with two rebounds and a minus-6 mark in 12 minutes. The Raptors were down 16 when he got tossed, with C.J. Miles replacing him alongside the rest of the starters (and then eventually Lucas Nogueira).
Miles drew the last start when Ibaka was sideline but it was Pascal Siakam getting the nod here. The Raptors may call on the debuting Nigel Hayes or the versatile Malcolm Miller for minutes. They could get weird and play two centers, too.