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Paul George rips officials after Pacers win; he can expect fine

Paul George

Indiana Pacers’ Paul George goes up for a dunk during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 104-97. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)


It was easy to tell Paul George was frustrated Friday night — he was constantly barking at the officials about missed calls (some real, some imaginary). He wasn’t alone, Pacers coach Frank Vogel picked up a technical for his expressions of frustration. Even as the Pacers went on a 15-2 run in the fourth to take the lead and beat the Nets, George was chirping.

When the game ended, he didn’t let it go. Here’s a what George said in his post-game interview on Fox Sports Indiana.

“The stripes (were) terrible.We (had to) go out and just play. The way this game was going and how they (were) calling it, we had to play... It’s frustrating, but hopefully the league does a better job of looking at s--- like this.”

He added this back in the locker room, via the Indy Star:

“It’s frustrating when the guys I’m matched up with have less fouls than I do and they’re not attacking as much as I’m attacking,” said George, who could be fined or suspended by the league for his comment about the referees Friday. “It’s very frustrating and it’s been going on for a long time.”

George can break out his checkbook now, that’s going to net him a fine (not a suspension). Doesn’t matter if you agree with him and think the referees might as well have been Oompa Loompas, criticize them publicly and you get fined.

George is a veteran, he knew the fine was coming the second he opened his mouth. Hopefully he got his money’s worth. The Pacers played angry and won, so he’s probably good with it.