Mavs’ Carlisle fined $25K for criticizing refs

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was
fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for publicly criticizing officials.

Carlisle was fined for comments he made after a 130-128 loss to Houston on
Friday night, which put the Mavericks in a 3-0 hole in their first-round
playoff series.

He complained about a play at the start of the fourth quarter, when he said
Rockets center Dwight Howard “threw” Devin Harris out of the way and passed
the ball to Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer, which extended Houston’s lead to
five.

“That stuff’s gotta stop,” Carlisle said. “The officials have to get that
stuff under control. There’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard’s
throwing people all over the place. That can’t happen in Game 4.”

The series continues Sunday night in Dallas.