After ripping referees about Wednesday’s recreation in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors superstar guard Fred VanVleet must have anticipated a nice coming his manner.
The NBA slapped VanVleet Thursday with a $30,000 nice after he singled out referee Ben Taylor in postgame feedback after a 108-100 loss to the Clippers, consistent with The Athletic.
“I do not thoughts, I’m going to take a nice. I do not in point of fact care. I assumed Ben Taylor was once f—ing horrible this night. I assumed that, on maximum nights, out of the 3 [officials], there may be one or two that simply f— the sport up. It is been like that a few video games in a row.
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“Denver was once difficult, clearly [the prior game]. Pop out this night, competing lovely laborious. 3rd quarter, I am getting a bulls— tech. Modified the entire dynamic of the sport,” VanVleet advised newshounds. “Modified the entire float of the sport. You realize, many of the refs try laborious. I love numerous the refs. They’re making an attempt laborious. They’re lovely truthful. They keep in touch smartly. After which you were given the opposite ones who simply need to be d—-.”
VanVleet didn’t level it out, however the Clippers went to the loose throw line a lot more than the Raptors Wednesday evening, taking pictures 31 loose throws to Toronto’s 14.
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The Raptors additionally watched Scott Foster, every other NBA legitimate, eject Raptors ahead Scottie Barnes within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Nuggets Monday.
The technical foul VanVleet won was once the 3rd referred to as in opposition to him by way of Taylor this season.
“It simply roughly f—- the sport up. No one’s coming to peer that s—. They’re coming to peer the gamers,” VanVleet added. “And I feel we’re shedding a bit little bit of the material of what the NBA is and was once. It’s been disappointing this season. You’ll glance up … maximum of my tech’s this yr were with Ben Taylor officiating. At a undeniable level, as a participant, you are feeling it’s private.
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“It’s by no means a just right position to be. That’s now not why we misplaced this night. We were given outplayed, nevertheless it no doubt makes it harder to triumph over.”
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The Raptors have misplaced their remaining two video games however have gained six in their remaining 10. They’re preventing for a playoff spot, sitting in 9th position in the Japanese Convention at 32-35.