Mavericks coach fined $25K for criticizing referees

02/02/2013 11:56 PM

02/03/2013 11:59 AM

PHOENIX -- 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.

"I'm disappointed and I'm very concerned. Concerned about what's happening at the end of games with the officials. I can only be honest."

Forward Dirk Nowitzki didn't play against the Warriors after it was discovered earlier Thursday that he had a strained right adductor. While addressing Nowitzki's absence from the game, Carlisle continued with his diatribe about the referees.

"Dirk's a top-12 player in the history of the game. I would have to say that it's tough [to play without him]," Carlisle said. "But look, we've played without Dirk a lot this year; we know what it's about.

"We've put ourselves in position, and again, whatever you want to call it at the end. Unlucky. Whatever you want to call it. Screwed. It happened."

What also happened and what likely contributed to Carlisle's flare-up was a statement the NBA released Wednesday which, in part, said the referees missed a crucial call that seriously affected Tuesday's Mavericks-Portland game. In that game, Mavs guard O.J. Mayo was called for charging into Portland guard Ronnie Price with 1.5 seconds remaining in the game and the score tied 104-104.

After a timeout, Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge made an 18-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to win it 106-104. However, less than 24 hours later the NBA admitted that Price should have been whistled for a block, and Mayo should have been at the line shooting free throws.

With that backdrop on top of what occurred against the Warriors, Carlisle and his players were not exactly in the best of moods when the Mavs played Golden State.

"I've never been one to make it about the officials, so I don't want to wallow in this too much, but it's a fact," Carlisle said. "Two nights in a row missed calls have really hurt and we're disappointed."

Carlisle becomes the third person associated with the Mavs who drew a fine from the NBA this season. Owner Mark Cuban was fined $50,000 for questioning the integrity of the NBA before a Jan. 5 home game against New Orleans, and for a tweet criticizing the referees after the Mavs lost 99-96 in overtime.

Also, the NBA fined forward Shawn Marion $25,000 for publicly criticizing the referees after Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant attempted 21 free throws during the Thunder's 117-114 overtime victory on Jan. 18.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760

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