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The Mavericks coach was fined $25,000 for his complaints about the officials in Game Three of the Mavericks first-round playoff series against the Rockets, so when asked about the physical nature of the game after Game Four he responded: “Did you ask me about the officiating of the game?” “No, no, no,” a reporter responded. “I brought something just for that,” Carlisle said, holding up a piece of tape and putting it over his mouth. For The Win

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made pointed comments criticizing officials for letting the Houston Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play during Friday night's Game 3. "Look, referees miss calls, but there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just doesn't look kosher to me," Carlisle said after a 130-128 loss that put the Mavs on the brink of elimination. "They're a more physical team, but this series has got to be played within the rules." ESPN.com

"We're scrambling like hell defensively and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench," said Carlisle, adding that he had reviewed the play six times on film. "He takes the ball, skips it over the top and [Trevor] Ariza gets a wide-open 3. So instead of us getting the ball and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a five- [or] six-point swing. "That stuff's got to stop. The officials 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." ESPN.com

After being informed of Carlisle's comments, Howard reacted by turning to teammate James Harden and mouthing, "Wow, really." Howard, who grabbed a career-playoff-high 26 rebounds in the game, then offered a politically correct response to the question. "It's a long series, and my job is to be dominant in the paint and just do my best," Howard said. "I don't think about it when I'm out there. I just go out there and play." ESPN.com

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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