technical foul


Definition of technical foul

: a foul that is assessed to a player, coach, or team typically for unsportsmanlike conduct (such as arguing with an official or taunting an opponent) and does not usually involve physical contact with an opponent while the ball is in play

called also technical

— compare personal foul

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But a foul was called on Green who drew an immediate technical foul. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "NBA institutes coach challenges; 5 times one would have come in handy for Steve Kerr," 10 July 2019 Brown was charged with a technical foul while Cambage received a flagrant foul. Mia Berry,, "Tough defense helps lift Sparks over Aces," 27 June 2019 In the first half, he was called for a technical foul after reacting to a defensive stop. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Mark Few calls former King’s High star Corey Kispert Gonzaga’s ‘player of the game’ against Baylor," 24 Mar. 2019 The guard out of Kentucky, who remains unsigned, also picked up a technical foul in the first half. Ira Winderman,, "Herro, Robinson spark Heat in summer opener vs. Lakers," 2 July 2019 Green has picked up a technical foul in each of the last two games and now sits at six entering Thursday’s Game 6. Matt Schneidman, The Mercury News, "Warriors’ Draymond Green has to be extra careful in Game 6," 12 June 2019 Giles picked up a technical foul on Tuesday for a shove of Memphis guard Brandon Goodwin in the second quarter. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Harry Giles isn't trying to act like Kevin Garnett. He just can't help it, he says," 10 July 2018 F Kelly Oubre received a technical foul in the fourth quarter. USA TODAY, "Irving, Brown lead Celtics to 110-104 OT win over Wizards," 8 Feb. 2018 On one of the last plays in Game 6 of the 2019 Finals, Draymond Green earned a technical foul for calling a timeout the Warriors didn't have. Khadrice Rollins,, "Warriors Get Technical Foul Late for Calling Timeout They Didn't Have," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of technical foul

1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of technical foul

basketball : a foul that involves improper behavior or language rather than physical contact with an opponent

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