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Coach fined $35K for blasting refs

Published May 10, 2024 at 12:12

Yo, Pacers fans, Rick Carlisle is seriously fed up, and his wallet is feeling it now. After the Pacers' rough Game 2 against the Knicks, Carlisle couldn't hold back, and it's cost him—a whopping $35,000 fine from the NBA for blasting the refs. He went all in, not just critiquing the calls but hinting that maybe, just maybe, the big-city bias towards New York was playing out right before our eyes.

«Small-market teams deserve an equal shot,» Carlisle told reporters after the game. «They deserve a fair shot. No matter where they're playing.»

Carlisle pointed out what he sees as a glaring issue: a lack of consistency in the officiating, which seemed to let the Knicks get away with a more physical game. This isn't just frustration talking; it's real concern when the calls start to feel one-sided, especially in those nail-biting moments that can flip the outcome of a game.

Take, for example, those pivotal calls that went south. Myles Turner got pinged for a moving screen in Game 1's final moments—boom, there goes the ball. Then in Game 2, Isaiah Hartenstein of the Knicks was initially called for a double dribble, only for the refs to huddle up and reverse it. Carlisle was livid, earning himself two techs and an early exit.

It's more than just penalties and fines here; it's about the integrity of the game. If the scales are tipped, how are teams like the Pacers supposed to feel they've got a fair shot? This isn't just a game; it's a battle for fairness on the court. Carlisle's outburst? Maybe it's the spark the Pacers need to fire back and demand the balance they deserve. Let's see how this drama unfolds as the series heads back to Indy. Game on!
May 10   |   1 answers
Coach fined $35K for blasting refs

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