Dwayne Casey, the Toronto Raptors coach, has slammed referees for a series of non-calls despite his team’s 99-84 win against Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday.
An outraged Casey said that the Cavs escaped the game with only 10 fouls despite a lot of elbowing and physical plays during the course of the game. He referenced the play during the final moments of the game when Bismack Biyombo was intentionally low blowed by Cavs reserve Dahntay Jones. |Final Box Score|
Biyombo, who had 26 rebounds and 4 blocks, received only two free throws the entire game 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.
Casey continued: “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.
According to ESPN, Casey could be slapped with a fine from the NBA for his repeated complaining through the series. To Casey’s credit, there is a legitimate argument to be made here. After all, the Cavs have taken 35 more free throws during the first three games of the series. Is that a mere coincidence?
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There was a confrontation in the first half when Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll was handed a technical foul after Tristan Thompson accidentally elbowed LeBron James. While Thompson also received a technical, the slow motion replays suggested that James took a dive on the play.
As expected, Casey didn’t take kindly to the play. “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’s team stopped the Cavs’ 10-game winning postseason winning streak to cut the series deficit to 1-2. Will the Raptors be able to square the series on Monday? If they do, the series can go down the wire to a Game 7 in Cleveland.