Clippers’ Paul George fined $35,000 for criticizing officials

first_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers forward Paul George was fined $35,000 for public criticism of officiating, the NBA’s Kiki VanDeWeghe, executive vice president of basketball operations, announced Thursday.After the Clippers’ 110-103 loss in Philadelphia on Tuesday, George told reporters he perceived “some home-court cooking” by officials.“I thought we played well, we lost by seven,” George said. “There was some home-court cooking tonight, to say the least.”He pointed toward the Clippers being whistled for eight more personal fouls than the Sixers, telling media in Philadelphia: “I mean, it was 19 to 11. You all figure out what those numbers are. It was 19 to 11.” In its news release Thursday, the NBA indicated the amount of George’s fine reflected his “multiple prior violations” of the league’s rule barring public criticism of officials, which included complaints last season when his Oklahoma City Thunder team lost to the Clippers.George was hit with a $25,000 fine for publicly criticizing officials following the Thunder’s loss on March 8, 2019, when he, Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams all fouled out. After that game, George vented to reporters: “It’s just bad officiating. We haven’t got a fair whistle all year. … Somebody gotta look into this. It’s getting out of hand.”The Clippers (37-17) are back in action Thursday at 5 p.m. PT against the Boston Celtics (37-16). The game in Boston (TNT, Fox Sports Prime Ticket) will be both teams’ final contest before the All-Star break. Although Clippers coach Doc Rivers credited the 76ers as being “so much more the physical team,” the hosts finished with 21 free-throw attempts, compared to the Clippers’ 13 foul shots. Four of the Clippers’ five starters were called for at least three fouls; Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid were the only Philadelphia starters whistled for a foul.Related Articleslast_img read more

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