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Nets' Kidd fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating

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TSN.ca Staff
5/2/2014 3:27:47 PM
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Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of the officiating in the Eastern Conference first round series between the Nets and Toronto Raptors.

Kidd made his comments during a conference call with the media on Thursday.

Kidd said it's "kind of mind-boggling" that Joe Johnson got so few foul calls in Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Raptors.

"If flopping is the way to go, then we have to maybe play that game," Kidd said. "But Joe is a strong individual and unfortunately, he doesn't flop. He plays and he doesn't complain. But that's why we have officials, for them to make calls."

Kidd also called out official Tom Washington's non-call in the final seconds of Wednesday's game, when Shaun Livingston and DeRozan collided going for a rebound. No foul was called on the play.

"I thought Shaun made a heck of a play to come up with the rebound and get fouled right in front of (referee) Tom Washington, but no call was made," Kidd said. "And Dray (Andray Blatche) came up with the ball and his intention was to get the ball to Deron (Williams), who was wide open, and it just didn't work out."

Jason Kidd (Photo: Canadian Press)

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