Three of the Golden State Warriors’ biggest names have been slugged $US75,000 ($A105,000) in fines for criticising NBA officials.
Forward Draymond Green was hit with a $US35,000 penalty for making statements on social media which “impugned the integrity of NBA officiating,” according to NBA executive vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe
Guard Stephen Curry was fined $US25,000 for his actions and public statements “impugning the integrity of NBA officiating” and forward Kevin Durant $US15,000 for public criticism of the officiating.
The sanctions follow the Warriors’ 131-130 overtime loss to Minnesota on Friday night.
Down by three with 5.5 seconds left, Golden State inbounded the ball in their offensive end to Durant, who turned and fired a three-pointer while being fouled.
The shot went in, which appeared to put the Warriors a free throw from taking an improbable lead before young referee Marat Kogut waved off the hoop, saying the foul occurred before the shot, which returned possession to the Warriors out of bounds.
“It’s a four-point play,” Durant said afterward.
“I mean, I don’t know what else to say. Kind of mind-boggling. You catch and you go up for a shot and you get fouled in any league – any league – that’s a good bucket and a free throw. Any league, not just the NBA.”
The next inbounds pass went to Curry, who buried a game-tying three-pointer with 0.5 seconds on the clock.
Several Warriors laughed and pointed at Kogut after the shot but Minnesota ultimately got the last laugh.
After advancing the ball with a timeout, the Timberwolves attempted a lob to Karl-Anthony Towns under the hoop, only to watch the pass sail out of bounds.
But there was another whistle. This time referee Leon Wood called Durant for bumping Towns as he attempted to leap for the uncatchable ball, awarding what turned out to be the game-winning free throw.
Asked which call was worse, Curry responded: “You’d have to ask the MVP of tonight: Marat Kogut.”