Chris Paul's tough night just got a little worse.
The NBA announced on Friday that Paul, the All-Star point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, has been fined $15,000 for his treatment of an official following Wednesday night's overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets. Here's text of the announcement via the Times-Picayune.
New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul has been fined $15,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, it was announced Friday by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
The incident occurred following the Hornets’ 103-101 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on February 9.Paul, who played an eye-popping 51 minutes on Wednesday, had a potential game-winning three-pointer rim out at the buzzer in overtime, and the Hornets fell to the Nets, 103-101. Paul fell to the floor during the attempt in an attempt to draw a foul.
Here's video of the potential game-winner courtesy of YouTube user NBABigThree.
After the game in which he shot 4-15 from the field, Paul made comments to the Times-Picayune that expressed frustration with his play.
“As a point guard and leader, there is no way I should have let us lose that game,’’ Paul said. “I feel like this was my loss. I made some bad decisions down the stretch. I’m frustrated with my indecisions.’’The fine, then, is just the cherry on top.