Dallas’ Rick Carlisle puts tape over mouth to avoid criticizing referees (VIDEO)

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After Game 3, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was ticked about how physical the series with the Rockets had become.

“My hope is that in Game 4 – the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter,” Carlisle said. “We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench. He takes the ball, skips it over the top and Ariza gets a wide-open three.

“So, instead of us getting the ball, and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a 5-6 point swing. That stuff’s got to stop. The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.”

Those comments cost Carlisle $25,000.

So when the referees came up after Game 4 (a Dallas win), Carlisle didn’t exactly take the high road but used some tape to save some cash.

Well played.