Bickerstaff fined $15,000 for criticizing officiating after loss to 76ers

Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff was fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, the league announced Monday night. 

After the Cavs fell to the 76ers 112-108 Sunday at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Bickerstaff was unhappy about Joel Embiid and James Harden combining for 32 of the team’s 42 free throw attempts.

“That game was taken from us,” Bickerstaff said after the game. “We deserved to win it.”

With the 76ers holding a 107-106 lead, Darius Garland’s floater was blocked by Embiid with 15.2 seconds left in the game. Bickerstaff thought Garland was fouled on his drive to the basket. 

“Darius was fouled,” Bickerstaff said. “He did his job and got to a spot and got fouled. No whistle.”

According to the NBA’s Last Two-Minute Report, Bickerstaff was right.

The league said the following:

“While defending his drive to the basket and shot attempt, Embiid (PHI) reaches across Garland (CLE) and makes contact to his left arm.”

Cleveland(43-36) returns to action Tuesday night as they travel to Orlando to face the Magic(20-59).

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