Kings’ Matt Barnes fined $15,000 by league for language to referees

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The Sacramento was frustrated after an overtime loss to the Heat — DeMarcus Cousins picked up six fouls in the fourth quarter (some of them questionable), the Kings had blown a fourth-quarter lead, then they just came apart in overtime.

After the final whistle, Matt Barnes — never one to be shy with his opinions on the court — let the NBA referees know what he thought of their work. To put it kindly. It was kind of like asking Tommy Lasorda what he thought of Dave Kingman’s performance.

That earned Barnes a $15,000 fine from the NBA, it was announced Thursday.

Barnes knows the routine, he’s been fined more than a few times during his career (which means he’s not getting the benefit of the doubt from the league on these things).

The Kings are 2-3 to start the season with Cousins beasting and Rudy Gay playing surprisingly well (and upping his trade value). Sacramento has dreams of a playoff series to christen their new building. The only thing that is guaranteed is this team will pay a few other fines (at least) along the way.