Raptors coach Dwane Casey fined $25,000 for criticizing refs

By Zach Harper | NBA writer
Dwane Casey is sick of missed calls. (Getty Images)

Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey isn't going to tolerate the officials missing calls his team should be getting at the end of games. Casey knew he was going to get fined for his comments after another questionable no-call hurt his team, this time against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.

The NBA made his prediction come true by fining him $25,000 for criticizing officiating after the loss to the Hawks.

There have been several questionable calls at the end of Raptors games this year and the league has even admitted the officials got the call wrong in a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 18.

But that's not good enough for Casey. From the AP:

"I'm tired of this," Casey said. "I'm tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the game. I know the league's going to come down on me for this, but I don't care. Guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out and at the end of the game we get cracked, apology, go back to Canada."

Casey said his initial belief a foul should have been called was supported by his review of the video.

"I've been in this league 18 years and I've never seen as many missed calls at the end of the game to cost us the game," Casey said. "We have good officials. Too good to miss calls and short-change these young men like that. And it's not right."

The rules are pretty clear that you're not allowed to criticize the officials like this at any point. Players and coaches consistently choose their words very carefully when they believe their team has been wronged by the officials. Technically, the fine by the NBA is correct but Casey's complaint here, especially with the end of this Hawks-Raptors game, is completely valid.

Here is the ending to the game that had Casey so incensed.

It looks pretty clear that Al Horford got DeMar DeRozan pretty good at the end of that play. Initially from the side angle, I wondered if Horford's arm just hit the ball first to dislodge it but the last angle they gave us shows that isn't the case.

There have been a couple others I could think of off the top of my head:

The NBA admitted to officials missing this call earlier in the month when Amir Johnson was fouled by Joakim Noah and they didn't give him the shooting foul. Either they thought it was on the ground or they thought it was a pass to the baseline cutter instead of a shot attempt, due to the weird trajectory of the ball once it left Johnson's hands. Regardless, it was ruled by the NBA to be a missed call, which gets you absolutely nothing.

There was also this play early in the season when the Charlotte Bobcats were winning games and the Toronto Raptors fans were wondering why Andrea Bargnani was on the court/team. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist "blocked a shot" against Bargnani but the replay shows he clearly got the Raptors' big man on the wrist.

It's really hard for officials to get every call correct because the speed of the game is just too great. And generally they do a pretty good job of getting the majority of the calls correct. However, the Raptors do seem to have a case for being a little upset at how their games are being called at the end.

 
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