DALLAS -- The NBA fined Rick Carlisle $25,000 Saturday after the Dallas Mavericks coach made public critical comments about the referees who officiated Friday’s Game 3 against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Center.
“I’m sure they’ll put the money to good use, I’m very confident of that,’’ Carlisle said after Saturday’s practice. “I accept the fine.
“I have strong feelings about how I feel about my team and I’m going to fight for my team, and that’s just the way it’s going to be. I’m a lot like my owner -- I’m going to fight for my guys.’’
Without being asked a question about the officiating, in his postgame press conference Friday, Carlisle said: “We’re scrambling like hell defensively and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench, he takes the ball, skips it over the top and (Trevor) Ariza gets a wide-oepn three. That stuffs got to stop.
“The officials (have) got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place, and that can’t happen in Game 4.’’
When asked if he got an explantion from the referees on that play, Carlisle said: “I didn’t get one. But look, referees miss calls. But there’s a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just doesn’t look kosher to me.
“They’re a more physical team, but this series has to be played within the rules.’’
-- Dwain Price