Mavericks guard Jason Kidd fined for blasting game refs


AFP

NEW YORK — Dallas guard Jason Kidd was fined US$25,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for his public criticism of the officiating in the Mavericks’ loss to Oklahoma City on Monday. Kidd said after the 95-91 defeat that the Mavericks don’t get the respect they deserve as the reigning NBA champions. “We don’t get the benefit of the whistle,” Kidd said. “Dirk (Nowitzki) should live at the line if they would call it the way it’s supposed to be. But he doesn’t.” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was also critical of some of the calls in the game, in which the Thunder went to the free throw line 33 times to the Mavericks’ 10. Carlisle was especially irked by a foul called on Dallas’ French center Ian Mahinmi with 46.2 seconds to play — a call that sent Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka to the free throw line to put the Thunder ahead for good. “I’m in disbelief that there was a foul called on Mahinmi,” Carlisle said after the game.

“I just watched the play five times and it was a block. And that’s an enormous play. I’m at a loss.” Mahinmi said Monday he thought it was a bad call. “I didn’t think I fouled him,” Mahinmi said. “I think I went straight up. I think I got a good swipe at the ball, and no contact on the body.”