Raptors coach Dwane Casey fined $25K for ripping officials after Game 3 – CBSSports.com

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TORONTO — Dwane Casey has been fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing the officials after Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the NBA announced on Sunday. The Toronto Raptors coach got his money’s worth on Saturday, repeatedly saying that center Bismack Biyombo is not getting the benefit of the doubt from referees and calling for “consistency” over and over again.

“[Biyombo] is getting fouled so much,” Casey said after the Raptors’ 99-84 victory. “He’s not getting the calls. We shoot zero free throws in the fourth quarter, zero. I mean, it is 73-46 in the entire three games. He’s getting hit. There’s one play where they almost have a brawl. He gets killed on that play. And again, I’ve got to go back and watch it, but there’s got to be some consistency. I said it before the game, we have the greatest officials in the league. But how you can miss fouls like that and calls like that, I can’t see it. I’ve been in this league a long time, in college basketball a long time, but again, there’s got to be consistency. The same foul on one end has got to be the same foul on the other. I don’t know if he’s getting hit because of how physical and tough he is, but he’s getting cracked.”

That was the first of five questions that Casey answered with allusions to incorrect refereeing. None of the questions were directly about the officiating.

On the team’s toughness: “Our guys are resilient. They’re playing through a lot, playing through a lot of physicality, getting hit and fouled. We shot zero free throws in the fourth quarter, zero. That’s frustrating, but our guys played through it, so that shows a sense of toughness, a sense of togetherness.”

On Biyombo’s 26 rebounds: “He’s one of the top rebounders in the league, and no telling how many times he gets hit and fouled under there without being called. Again, I’m going to say this: I think he gets hit almost on every rebound and put-back there is, and he just doesn’t get the calls, whether he’s rolling to the bucket, and we’ve just got to have consistency with that.”

On Cory Joseph managing the game when Kyle Lowry was in foul trouble: “I thought he did an excellent job with that tonight. And again, Kyle’s first charge, I’ve got to look at that again, too, because I thought the first foul — they called a block, and I thought it was clearly a charge. Again, the consistency of the game calls. I’ve been on both sides of it. I’ve been where the whistle has been in favor of you, but for whatever reason, and again, I understand we have great officials, it’s a hard game to call, but some of those fouls are unbelievable.”

On the skirmish between Tristan Thompson, LeBron James, DeMarre Carroll and Joseph: “They were playing physical, and we’re playing physical. Again, just be consistent with the calls. Just be consistent both ways is all we ask for. That’s all you can ask for is be consistent on the calls. The same call on one end has got to be the same call on the other end.”

At the Air Canada Centre, it was clear that Casey knew what he was doing. At Sunday’s practice at BioSteel Centre, he sounded like a man who was aware that a punishment was coming.

“It’s over with,” he said. “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.”

When asked if he heard anything from the league, Casey said, “I’m not going to comment on anything on the officiating.”

What more could he possibly have had to say?

Dwane Casey is not happy
Dwane Casey reacts to a call.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey fined $25K for ripping officials after Game 3 – CBSSports.com