Rick Carlisle

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined for criticizing officials


We knew this was coming.

After the Mavericks lost to the Warriors on Thursday, in a game where a critical call (or in this case, a non-call) didn’t go the team’s way for a second straight game, Rick Carlisle was critical of the officials afterward.

“The game came down to the call that wasn’t made,” he said. “Brandan Wright got hit in the arm, and it’s obvious and it’s two nights in a row and it’s very tough to take with as hard as our guys are fighting to not be on the free throw line with a chance to go ahead with six seconds left in the game.

“I’m disappointed and I’m very concerned. Concerned about what’s happening at the end of games with the officials. I can only be honest.”

He confirmed on Saturday that the league fined him for those remarks.

From Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas:

Carlisle declined to reveal the amount of his fine, saying it would be announced by the league later Saturday.

“I spoke to the NBA office and agreed that I should be fined for my comments following the Golden State game,” Carlisle said in a text message. “In this league we all have challenging jobs, and the job of the officials is one of the toughest. Those postgame remarks about the officiating were not appropriate, and I accept the fine.”

The standard league fine in this situation is $25,000, though it could be more if the league feels that the individual has a history of the finable behavior, especially within the same season.

[UPDATE 3:48 p.m. ET: The league confirmed the fine was indeed $25,000 via official release.]

The way to avoid having the officials play a part in the outcome of your games, of course, is to do what the Mavericks did on Friday in Phoenix — play well enough to win by a comfortable margin, so that one or two calls either way don’t ultimately make a difference.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.