Raptors coach fined $25,000 for criticising officials


Posted at Feb 01 2013 04:25 PM | Updated as of Feb 02 2013 12:25 AM

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has been fined $25,000 for publicly criticising game officials, the National Basketball Association said on Thursday.

Casey made his comments during the postgame news conference after his team's 93-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at Philips Arena.

In the closing seconds of the game, Toronto's Alan Anderson missed a jump shot but his team mate DeMar DeRozan grabbed the rebound before his attempt under the basket was blocked by Atlanta's Al Horford.

Casey then charged on to the court demanding an explanation for why no foul was called on Horford for apparent contact on DeRozan.

"I'm tired of this," Casey said during the news conference. "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." (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)