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Washington Wizards guard John Wall was fined $15,000 by the NBA for inappropriate comments toward game officials. Wall made the remarks on the court after the Wizards' 98-85 home loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday night. Wall had plenty to say about the officiating. He was particularly upset that was called for fouling Kemba Walker during Walker's three-point attempt in the fourth quarter. "I ain't touch him. All he did is scream," Wall said. "Ref gave him a call all night because he was screaming . . . I think they made some unfortunate calls plenty of times." Wall also said: "Plenty of times I drove to the basket. I think I should have been to the line plenty more." Philadelphia Inquirer

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The Knicks were blown out, again, Friday night vs. the Golden State Warriors. And in a season like this, you go from "we have to stay positive" to "we have to find answers" to "boiling over with frustration" and eventually giving up. The Knicks hit "boiling over with frustration" Friday as veteran Tyson Chandler let Marreese Speights, that's right, Mo Speights, get under his skin, eventually forcing an ejection. CBSSports.com

On an attempted inside move, Speights was fouled by Chandler, who responded to the Warriors’ verbal assault with other niceties that got him ejected. “It was just me being frustrated with everything that’s been going on,” Chandler said. “When you get beat like that [at] home, it’s all frustration, but it’s over with,” Speights said. New York Post

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The NBA really has changed quite dramatically under Adam Silver. We know this because Mark Cuban is now gushing over decisions made by the commissioner’s office. It happened Monday night at Madison Square Garden, when Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks’ outspoken owner, was asked a general question about Silver, who took the commissioner’s reins from David Stern on Feb. 1. “I think he’s taken some great steps on the officiating,” Cuban said. “There’s been more changes in 15 days, or whatever it is, than I saw in 14 years.” Cuban then divulged the most significant of those changes: The league is now sending its teams regular reports on blown calls by the referees. It’s one of the first steps in Silver’s push for greater transparency. Cuban has been advocating for measures like this since he purchased the Mavericks in 2000. Bleacher Report

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had to be restrained as he screamed at an official following his ejection from Sacramento’s 129-103 home loss to Houston on Tuesday. This was a one-sided affair from very early on, as the Rockets led 50-19 in the second quarter, and Cousins didn’t stick around to see the end of it. With a little over 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter and Houston leading 73-54, Rockets center Dwight Howard stretched to finish an alley-oop dunk with Cousins underneath him. After the slam attempt missed, Cousins was called for a foul for leaning in Howard’s direction, although there didn’t appear to be much contact between the players. SI.com

After the game, Cousins issued an apology on Twitter. “Disappointed with the way I acted out on the court tonight,” he wrote. “I want to apologize and say sorry to my team and the fans for letting them down.” Cousins now has a league-high 15 technical fouls on the season and will face a one-game suspension following his next technical foul. This was his first ejection of the season. Last year, Cousins racked up a league-high 17 technical fouls and four ejections. SI.com

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By next season, the NBA is planning to create and use a centralized replay center to help referees and speed up games. "What we're in the process of doing is we're going to create a central location where we'll have people there who will be watching every game," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said Friday. "When the referees go over to the side, in many instances the [central replay center] will already know what happened and they'll be able to tell the referee, which will hopefully take less time." ESPN.com

The project is one of new commissioner Adam Silver's initiatives. The NBA would be mimicking a system the NHL started in 2011, when it created what is known as the "situation room" in Toronto where all goals from all games can be reviewed with calls communicated to the officials on the ice. That experiment has been successful in shortening the time replays take in addition to removing some pressure from the referees on site. ESPN.com

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Phil Jackson doesn't tweet very often, but when he does and about something very specific to the game of basketball, we take notice. Phil Jackson: Dick Bavetta has been around long enuf to know that clasp Harden put on Trevor-offensive foul…okay i’ll SMH. CSNWashington.com

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Former NBA referee Steve Javie took part in ABC’s telecast of Sunday’s game between the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and gave his view on one of the long-standing perceptions of the league: superstars get too many calls. Simply put, Javie doesn’t believe that’s true. “I’d like to hear what Kobe Bryant and LeBron James say, if they get to the line enough,” Javie said to fellow ESPN commentators Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy. “I’m sure they’d say they don’t get to the line enough. There’s one thing: we can’t keep notepads and sit there and say, ‘Well, this superstar has gotten this call, and we’ve gotta elevate this player to the superstar level.’ We just go out there and try to get the plays right.” For The Win

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