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)