Dallas Maverick coach Rick Carlisle was hit with a $25,000 fine last week for criticising the referees, and it appears as though he has learned his lesson.
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After Game 3, Carlisle criticised how physical the series had become and pointed out a critical passage of play in the game that ultimately had a significant bearing on the outcome.
While the Mavs coach believed that Dwight Howard had fouled Devin Harris, only for no call to be made, the Rockets then went up the other end of the court to give Trevor Ariza an open-three.
That was essentially a five or six point swing in favour of Houston in what was a tight game a times, and so Carlisle insisted that the officials needed to get that under control and ensure that it didn’t continue to happen for the rest of the series.
His comments were met with a fine from the league as he it fell foul of the regulations, and so when referees came up in his post-game interview after Game 4, a contest that Dallas won to extend the series at 3-1, he had something prepared in order to avoid giving his opinion and risking another fine.
Carlisle picked up a piece of tape from the table and stuck it over his mouth in order to avoid responding to the question. Well played, coach.