Dwane Casey, coach of the Toronto Raptors, has been slapped with a $25,000 fine for criticizing the officiating during his team’s 99-84 Game 3 victory against Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Cavs guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended for a game after his intentional low blow on Bismack Biyombo during the final few minutes of Game 3.
Casey went off on a rant about his team not getting enough foul calls, highlighting the fact that the Cavaliers shot 35 more free throws during the first three games of the Eastern Conference finals series. According to ESPN, Toronto have been called for 73 personal fouls in the series, compared to the 46 fouls called on Cleveland Cavaliers during the first three games.
“I’m not trying to get anybody – it’s over with. I said what I had to say last night. I’m not trying to send a message. It was a comment about the game last night, and it’s over with,” Casey said Sunday when asked the disparity in the amount foul calls between the two teams.
Dwane Casey fumes over missed calls
A day earlier, an outraged Casey said that the Cavs escaped the game with only 10 fouls despite a lot of elbowing and physical plays. “I’ve been on both sides of it. I’ve been where the whistle has been in favor of you. But for whatever reason – and I understand we have great officials, and it’s a hard game to call — but some of these fouls are unbelievable.”
Casey blasted the officials for sending Biyombo to the free throw line only two times during the game despite despite a lot of intentional grabbing from Cavs defenders. “(Biyombo) is not getting the calls. We shoot zero free throws in the fourth quarter. Zero. He’s getting hit. There’s one play where they almost have a brawl. He gets killed on that play (by Dahntay Jones),” Casey fumed after the game.
“I don’t know if he’s (Biyombo) getting hit because of how physical and tough he is, but he’s getting cracked. To his credit, I thought he was going to lose his head when he got the technical foul, but he kept playing,” added Casey, crediting his center for stepping up with a career-best performance.
Dwane Casey has had his share of run-ins with officials during his career. When you look at the box scores of both teams through the first three games, it’s hard to argue against Casey.