Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer accidentally hits referee with flung clipboard (Video)

Listen, guys, if you've been looking for a chance to start calling him "Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Butterfingers," "Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Nocanholder" or "Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Clipboardwhizzer," you are almost definitely not going to get a better chance than right now, thanks to this momentary lapse in digit traction (or, as our branding team's calling it, "digitraction") early in the third quarter of the Hawks' Monday matchup with the Brooklyn Nets:

Here's the blow-by-blow of the clipboard throw, complete with its cause and effect, as detailed by Brian Mahoney of The Associated Press:

The Hawks scored the final 11 points of the first half, capped by [Paul] Millsap's 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, to take a 52-46 advantage.

But the Nets stormed out with the first 14 of the third quarter. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer angrily knocked his clipboard onto the court while reaching for it after calling one timeout, then was hit with a technical foul on a subsequent possession after redirecting his rage from his players to the referees.

Given the eventual T, it seems that Bud's immediate and fervent apology to referee/former NBA player/victim Haywoode Workman didn't totally make up for the ill-fated fling. Meanwhile, the Nets — clearly whipped into a frenzy by Budenholzer's callous disregard of dry-erase boards — were able to hold on late for a 91-86 win without injured point guard Deron Williams thanks, in part, to the play of former Hawks star Joe Johnson, who finished with a game-high 23 points and four assists.

After dropping their third straight game and their fourth in five outings, the 18-17 Hawks will look to return to their winning ways on Wednesday when they welcome the East-leading Indiana Pacers to Philips Arena. We can only hope that when Budenholzer goes back to the drawing board this time, he manages to hang onto it and keep it from becoming a referee-seeking projectile.

Video via gsports bball.

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