Even Rick Carlisle agreed that his outburst following Thursday's 100-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors warranted a fine from the NBA.
And as expected, the NBA fined Carlisle $25,000 Saturday after the Dallas Mavericks' coach publicly criticized the referees following the loss.
Carlisle texted some reporters Saturday to let them know he's in complete agreement with the NBA's decision to fine him.
"I spoke to the NBA office today and agreed that I should be fined for my comments following the Golden State game," Carlisle texted. "In this league we all have challenging jobs, and the job of the officials is one of the toughest.
"Those postgame remarks about the officiating were not appropriate and I accept the fine."
What got Carlisle upset occurred when he surmised that a blocked shot credited to Warriors center Andrew Bogut against Mavs center Brandan Wright should have been called a foul on Bogut. There were 6.2 seconds left in the game, with the Mavs trailing 98-97.
"The game came down to the call that wasn't made," Carlisle said. "Brandan Wright got hit in the arm, and it's obvious, and it's two nights in a row, and it's very tough to take with as hard as our guys are fighting to not be on the free-throw line with a chance to go ahead with six seconds left in the game.
Carlisle fined $25K for criticizing referees
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