BASKETBALL — 01 February 2013

He knew it would happen and he didn’t care. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 on Thursday for his outspoken criticism of the game officials.

“I’m tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of games. I know the league is going to come down on me, but I don’t care,” Casey said to reporters.

“These guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out and at the end of the game, we get cracked, (league sends out an) apology, go back to Canada. I’ve been in this league 18 years and I’ve never seen so many missed calls at the end of the game to cost us the game. We’ve got great officials in this league, and too good to miss calls and short-change young men like this. It’s not right. I watched the replay three or four times, hoping that they (somehow made the right call) but they didn’t. This is fourth time this year that we’ve been in this situation.”

By his reference to the apology Dwane Casey is referring to when the NBA admitted the referees missed a foul that cost them the game on November 21st against the Bobcats.

This is not the first time this season that Toronto has felt they are on the short end of the stick when it comes to getting calls from the referees. It’s painful for fans to know that things should have been different.

There was obvious contact on DeMar DeRozan so in no way, shape or form was Casey wrong for saying what he said. Take a look at the play here:


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