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Pacers Paul George fined $25,000 for criticism of referees (which he was wrong about anyway)

May 27, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

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The Pacers’ Paul George had to know he was getting fined when he said this after Game 4 Monday night:

“Looking at the stat sheet, we outplayed them. You got to give them credit. They won this game at the free‑throw line. They really just were able to get to the line more than we were, but I thought we outplayed them tonight….

“But, again, they made 30 free throws, and that put them over the edge. I mean, you can’t tell me we don’t attack the basket as much as they attack the basket. You can’t tell me we’re not aggressive. Maybe we’re too aggressive. But I feel like we’re just as aggressive as they are attacking the basket and making plays at the rim. Maybe this was just home cooking.”

The league gave George what was expected Tuesday, hitting him with a $25,000 fine for “public criticism of the officiating.” George knew that was coming and probably should have brought his checkbook to the press conference to save time.

What George probably didn’t expect was the media and fan backlash against his comments.

George and the Pacers didn’t attack the rim like the Heat did — four of George’s 16 shots came within eight feet of the rim. George had zero drives that started outside 20 feet and got inside 10 feet for a shot (LeBron James had 11). The list goes on with George and the Pacers.

The Heat got 17 more free throw attempts in Game 4 for the same reason the Pacers got 22 more in Game 1 — they were the aggressors. In the NBA the team that attacks gets to the line, the Pacers have not done that the past couple games. The Pacers defense has allowed the Heat a ridiculous 111.5 points per 100 offensive rating this series. That is the problem, not the referees.

Frank Vogel is trying to get his team focused back on the game for Game 4.

The question is will it even matter at this point? The Pacers have not been a consistently focused team since about the All-Star break.

  1. golfrangeman - May 27, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Once again your words mean nothing if you can’t explain how you rig something with anyone finding out for 30 years.
    Well moron we’re waiting.

    • thermanmerman99 - May 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      are you that dumb? did you know donaghy , a former NBA referee is in prison right now due to rigging games you dimwit. how much more proof do you need? as if it isnt obvious enough watching this rigged set up garbage to begin with, somebody as moronic as you cant see reality no matter how blatant it is

      • nfl4days - May 28, 2014 at 3:38 AM

        Theres a difference between a guy betting on games and fixing them and the whole damn league rigging games moron.

      • xmen1906 - May 28, 2014 at 7:45 AM

        Donahgy has been out of jail since in 2009

      • hehateme2 - May 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Stop whining. the spacers are not going anywhere… because they lack talent and heart.

      • moppop - May 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Donaghy got his hand caught in the cookie jar, so instead of accepting blame for his actions, he and his legal team severely embellished if not fabricated outright the conspiracy theories of Stern’s NBA.

    • davidly - May 28, 2014 at 4:27 AM

      Who are you even addressing?

  2. golfrangeman - May 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Another idiot said it’s rigged for SA to win. So is it rigged for SA or OKC. Guess what if you haven’t figured this out when 2 teams play someone has to win.

  3. golfrangeman - May 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Dude you need to go back to school or to school. Once again I’ll put this in the simplest way I can and we’ll see if you understand. If Timmy is in cahoots with the NBA and the commish you don’t think he’s going to squeal like a pig when the prosecutor offers him immunity for testifying against them or do you think he’d rather rot in jail getting pounded 3 times a day?

  4. aldavis4president - May 28, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    This series Is so rigged. The thing is, once you breath on LeBron or wade, it’s a foul. So as a player you have to soften up on D a little. Thats all LeBron needs to get to the basket. While on the other side LeBron is mauling and hand checking, reaching, pushing, and no calls. I can only make it to about the start of the 3rd before I’m completely disgusted and change the channel. It’s sickening .

    • bcb11 - May 28, 2014 at 4:01 AM

      You mean after you tune in simply hoping to see them lose? And when it doesn’t happen you get disgusted enough to throw out “this is rigged” accusations, as many fans are apt to do when their team loses? Obviously if Indiana won, that wouldn’t be what you’re saying. Something a lot of us could use more of: sportsmanship even in a loss. My respect for Gregg Popovich and his team increased tenfold last season because of how they acted in the aftermath of Game 7 (in sharp contrast, I’ll add, to Paul George and those who take to complaining about officiating after every Heat win).

      • willkill4caffeine - May 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        THANK YOU

    • moppop - May 28, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      As a Pacers fan (I think I may be the only sane one around here), this is a load of baloney.

  5. jobytrice - May 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Seriously… You Pacer fans sound like a bunch of whining babies. Just like your team. Going off on your little conspiracy theories and all. Anything to help you cope with the fact that you’re going to lose this series. Grow up. The better team is winning. Just deal with it. All that confidence and swagger from the Game 1 win must be all gone by now. No complaining about the refs after that one though…. Strange

  6. bigbenh8tr - May 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    I won’t say this series is rigged or anything ridiculous like that but the refs have been absurd at time. The nba did not baby Kobe like this back when the Lakers were winning titles, in fact they were criticized for the amount of offensive foul calls on Shaq back at that time which made the games closer. Jordan was a different time period when the game was physical so we can’t even try to discuss him as a comparison.

    Many forget the FT discrepancy was actually in favor of Indiana in one of these games, and I believe by a wider margin than game 4.

    I do have to say that I flipped back and forth once Lance Stephenson got his 3rd foul in game 5 because it was a completely bogus call and as much as I get tired of listening to Van Gundy, he was spot on about foul calls during that game. Lebron often drives into the lane with no regard for his surroundings and what often would be an offensive foul against other teams, is somehow a continuation foul against the defender trying to stop Lebron.

    I just hope whoever makes it to the finals can make the series competitive regardless of who wins. Hopefully the refs won’t try to take Ibaka out of that series with touch fouls when he goes straight up vertically to block shots like he has done all season

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