Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for his public criticism of officiating during his news conference after his team’s 99-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. Cleveland leads the series 2-1.
Casey was upset at the referees after the game, complaining that Bismack Biyombo wasn’t getting calls and citing Cleveland’s 86-51 edge in free throw attempts in the series.
“The consistency of the game calls, I’ve been on both sides of it,” Casey said after Game 3. “I’ve been where the whistle has been in favor of you. But for whatever reason, I understand we have great officials, it’s a hard game to call, but some of those fouls are unbelievable.”
On Sunday, the former University of Kentucky player and assistant coach said he was through with talking about the officiating.
“I’m not trying to get anybody,” Casey said. “It’s over with. I said what I had to say last night. I’m not trying to send a message. It was a comment about the game last night and it’s over with.”