Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was fined $25,000 on Monday by the NBA after saying that NBA referees are giving LeBron James favorable calls. The Pistons head coach took aim at officials in a post-match interview following Detroit’s 106-101 NBA playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
During an interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters at the end of the Pistons’ Sunday’s 106-101 Game 1 loss to the Cavaliers, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy has unleashed his first verbal salvo in his team’s playoff series game against Cavaliers. The Pistons coach has directed frustration toward the NBA officials for what he felt were favorable calls.
“LeBron’s LeBron, said Van Gundy said in a statement, via the 247 Sports.”They’re not going to call offensive fouls on him, he gets to do what he wants.”
The Pistons coach has praised the officiating in the loss while stating he believed James was lucky to escape punishment for two fouls.
“Look, I thought it evened out really well,” Van Gundy said in a statement, via the Sports Illustrated. “But early on, I thought there were two pretty obvious offensive fouls down there on him. But it’s two calls in an entire game after that. Look, the refereeing had nothing to do with tonight. They did a good job. It went both ways. I thought they did a really good job. It was decided by the players on the floor, as it should be.”
The two teams have gone back and forth in the opening half of their Game 1 of their best-of-seven-series, and Detroit is already making some complaints about the Cavaliers superstar getting away with some offensive fouls. Reports said that the Pistons coach has been frustrated with the game and that the referees looking the other way on plays where James appeared to clear out defenders with his off-hand.
LeBron James finished the game with a game-high 11 assists and 22 points, just behind teammates Kyrie Irving (31) and Kevin Love (28). The next game will be in Cleveland on Wednesday.
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