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April 25, 2015 Updates

NBA Official: Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating following 130-128 loss last night to Houston. Twitter

When Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was asked about the 3-0 series deficit, he instead talked about officiating. “My hope is that in Game 4 – the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter,” Carlisle said. “We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench. He takes the ball, skips it over the top and Ariza gets a wide-open three. “So, instead of us getting the ball, and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a 5-6 point swing. That stuff’s got to stop. The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.” Houston Chronicle

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The new state-of-the-art NBA Replay Center, which was unveiled at the start of the 2014-15 NBA season and created to enhance the performance of NBA referees, reduced the average time of reviews by more than 50 percent compared to the previous season. Final statistics for the regular season included: The NBA Replay Center conducted 2,162 reviews, averaging 42.1 seconds; 1,596 replays were upheld or overturned. 80.8 percent of these calls were upheld (1,289) while 19.2 percent were overturned (307); NBA Replay Center monitored a total of 1,225 games, averaging approximately 1.76 reviews per game; The top two triggers the NBA Replay Center reviewed this season were the two-point/three-point made field goal (623 instances) and end-of-period made field goal (482 instances); 858 live look-ins to the NBA Replay Center from across the country were conducted by the NBA’s national television partners and regional sports networks. NBA.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

The NBA has rescinded a technical foul against Russell Westbrook, meaning the All-Star will not face an automatic one-game suspension while the Thunder battle for a playoff spot. The league's decision will allow Westbrook to play against the Trail Blazers on Monday, one day after he was called for a technical foul in Oklahoma City's loss to the Pacers. ESPN.com

On a night he scored a career-high 54 points, Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook also picked up his 16th technical foul, which will enforce an automatic one-game suspension. "I ain't got no view on it," Westbrook said. "He called it and we'll move on from it." ESPN.com

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Controversial officiating has been a running theme of the NCAA tournament, and there were some suspect calls during Duke’s win over Wisconsin Monday night in Indianapolis. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan vented his frustration with officials on live television after the loss. In his interview outside the locker room just minutes after the final buzzer sounded, Ryan said that there was more contact in the national title game than any other game the Badgers played all year. “You just have to be able to handle all the hands and the checking. There was more body contact in this game than any game we’ve played all year, and I just feel sorry for my guys that all of a sudden a game was like that. I think they had a… they’re struggling with that a little bit. We missed some opportunities, they hit some tough shots, but you know — it’s just a shame that it had to be played that way.” For The Win

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