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Byron Scott fined $25K for criticizing officials after loss to Timberwolves


Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, the league announced via official release.

The comments were made following Cleveland’s loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday, a game in which they managed to score just 73 points, but were outshot at the free throw line by their opponent 35-9, and were outscored there 27-6.

Scott tried to explain what he felt was the reason his team lost afterward, and even mentioned the fact that he was attempting to do so without drawing the ire of the league office.

“I’m trying to figure out a way to say this without getting fined,” coach Byron Scott said of the officiating. “It was that bad. It really was. It was that bad. I mean I understand we’re playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did. I think we had 38 attempts in the paint to their 34, we get nine free throws, I think that speaks for itself.”

Had Scott actually let it speak for itself, he’d be $25,000 richer.

Marco Belinelli drops 32 on Blazers in preseason game (VIDEO)

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Sacramento is looking for some guys to step up this preseason and show they can space the floor as shooters, giving DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay room to operate.

Marco Belinelli is made his case for that role Monday night against Portland.

He had 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four from three), four assists, and three steals. Combine that from a strong night from Darren Collison (21 points and 10 assists) and the Kings got the 109-105 win.

Turkey’s Fenerbahce beats Nets 101-96 in exhibition game

Fenerbahce Ulker v Brooklyn Nets
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets lost their preseason opener Monday night to Turkey’s Fenerbahce Ulker, which got 18 points from former NBA lottery pick Jan Vesely in a 101-96 victory.

Brook Lopez scored 18 points for the Nets and Wayne Ellington added 16.

With a big crowd of fans cheering them on, the Istanbul team improved to 2-2 all-time against NBA clubs. Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 2014 Phoenix Suns draft pick, added 17 points, and another former NBA player, Gigi Datome, had 16.