The union representing
Lee Seham, general counsel of the National Basketball Referees Assn., said in a statement that Holtkamp's calls were "justified."
Paul was dealt a technical with 10 minutes and 17 seconds left in the third quarter after the Clippers tried to quickly inbound the ball after a Cavaliers free throw.
"We're trying to get the ball out fast every time down the court and when we did that she said, 'Uh-uh,' and I said, 'Why uh-uh?' and she gave me a tech and that's ridiculous," the Clippers point guard said. "If that's the case, then this might not be for her."
Paul is president of the NBA Players Assn. and will probably be fined for his criticism of an official.
Holtkamp, 34, is in her first full season as an NBA referee. She's one of two current full-time female officials in the leauge. Before working for the NBA, she had six seasons of
"The NBRA deplores the personal and unprofessional comments made by Chris Paul," Seham said. "She belongs."
In total, the Clippers were dealt five technical fouls on Thursday.
"She said she thought I was talking to her and she made a call," Jordan said, "The other refs, I talked to them and they disagreed with it, so hopefully it will be rescinded."