Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said he has been fined by the NBA for his comments against the officiating following Thursday's loss to the Golden State Warriors. Carlisle declined to reveal the amount of the fine, an amount that will be revealed by the NBA office sometime Saturday.
"I spoke to the NBA office and agreed that I should be fined for my comments following the Golden State game," Carlisle said in a text message. "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."
The play in question was Warriors center Andrew Bogut's block of Brandan Wright's potential go-ahead shot with six seconds remaining. Carlisle thought a foul call against Bogut in favor of Wright was warranted.
"We put ourselves in position," Carlisle said. "I don't know what you want to call it at the end. Unlucky? Whatever you want to call it. Screwed? It happened."
This call that went against the Mavs came two nights after another call went against them. This time it was a charge call with under four seconds left in the fourth quarter against Mavs guard O.J. Mayo that led to a buzzer-beating shot by LaMarcus Aldridge that won that game for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Carlisle added: "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 that two nights in a row, miscalls have really hurt us, and I'm disappointed by it."
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