Criticizes Referee, Cavaliers Coach Fines IDR 215 Million

Cleveland Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for scathing comments. This was conveyed by League Operations President Byron Spruell as released on the NBA’s official website, Tuesday (5/4).

The punishment was related to the scathing comments laden with criticism made by Bickerstaff after the Cavaliers lost 108-112 to the Philadelphia 76ers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Pennsylvania, Sunday (3/4).

According to a game report on the NBA’s official website at the time, Bickerstaff expressed his disappointment with the leadership of the referees because Sixers star Joel Embiid had 20 free throws.

« This game was taken from us. We deserved to win it, » Bickerstaff said at the time.

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Bickerstaff also highlighted that the Cavaliers had 28 times been convicted of a foul, while the Sixers had 19 times in a match he said had the intensity level of physical contact like a playoff game.

« One thing he couldn’t control was free throws and that was weird, » Bickerstaff said, referring to the Sixers’ 42 free-throw opportunities.

« Our players deserve more than we did tonight, » he added.

Bickerstaff even made comments that allege that Sixers players found ways to manipulate and profit from the rules.

« They are great players and know how to play between the rules. They know how to manipulate the rules, » he said.

« This is not an attack or disrespect to them. But the game must be consistent at both ends of the field. We looked for that consistency and never found it, » continued Bickerstaff.

Bickerstaff then compared how he judged Darius Garland should have had a free-throw opportunity when Embiid fouled and missed a layup as the Cavaliers trailed 106-107 with 15.2 seconds remaining.

« Darius was fouled. He did his job and was fouled, but no whistle was heard, » Bickerstaff concluded.

The result against the Sixers was the third defeat in the last five games. The Cavaliers are now in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 43-36 win-loss record.

The Cavaliers, who are still 2.5 wins behind the Chicago Bulls (45-33) and the Toronto Raptors (45-33) will next visit the Orlando Magic headquarters on Wednesday (6/4) WIB. (Ant/OL-1)