Cade Cunningham delivered a highlight-reel dunk in Sunday’s Pistons game against the Phoenix Suns, but there was hardly any time to celebrate.
Shortly after the Pistons rookie threw down a reverse slam along the baseline, he was ejected from the game for drawing his second technical foul.
After Cunningham landed following his dunk, he looked across the court and pointed, drawing a whistle from the officials for what was considered to be taunting.
One could argue Cunningham may have been pointing at his own bench after the big dunk as part of a celebration, but after the game — 135-108 Suns victory — crew chief Kevin Cutler explained to a pool reporter that Cunningham received the technical for pointing at an opposing player.
Cutler did not elaborate on who Cunningham pointed at, only saying “Yes” when asked if his interpretation was that it was pointed at a player specifically.
Regardless, it is still a rather benign reason to assess a technical foul and robbed fans the chance to at least enjoy a rising star in what was otherwise a blowout loss for the home team.
At the time of Cunningham’s. ejection, he had 21 points, four assists and zero turnovers in 24 minutes of game time.