The Lynx had battled their way back into a tie late in the third quarter of Game 2 of the WNBA Finals when Lindsay Whalen was mugged -- or so she and coach Cheryl Reeve thought -- as she drove to the basket.
No call was made.
Whalen got a technical foul for her protests.
And Reeve got one as well, after which she went off -- a wonderful combo platter of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and former Gophers men's basketball coach Clem Haskins, multiplied by 10.
She threw her blazer, hitting stunned-looking assistant coach Shelley Patterson, and didn't get ejected primarily because her other assistant coach, Jim Peterson, used his 6-foot-10 self to keep her away from the officials.
"I think she's gotten seven or eight techs this year," Lynx star Seimone Augustus told ESPN during a postgame interview. "But every time she gets a tech, we get fired up and win."
In this case, winning by 12 in a game that had to be won for the Lynx to have a realistic shot at winning another WNBA title.
Meanwhile, here's how others reacted:
SportsCenter's clips of @lynxcoachreeve's sideline show of spirit garnering big cheers from the postgame crowd at Hubert's. #lynxnation— Erica Mauter (@swirlspice) October 18, 2012
I'm sitting 15 rows up and... I gotta be honest. Angry Cheryl Reeve really scared me.— Tee Wolves (@TeeWolvesMerch) October 18, 2012
Cheryl Reeve lucky to have an asst coach tall enough to shield her from refs or she woulda been tossed #WNBAFinals— WNBA Jones (@WNBAJones) October 18, 2012