Alvin Gentry fined $15000 for public criticism of refs

The New Orleans Pelicans take on the Houston Rockets Saturday night at Smoothie King Center

On Friday, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers was fined $15,000 for comments about the officiating in his team's game against the Rockets.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry was fined $15,000 for public criticism of officials following the team's 107-101 loss Saturday (March 17) to the Houston Rockets, the National Basketball Association announced Sunday.

"We're playing our (butt) off, and then what happens to us is that AD never get a call", Gentry said. "That's fine. All I want to do is have equal opportunity to win the game". All of you take a look at the play and if you think that's a foul, if anybody out here thinks it's a foul, then you tell me, and I'll shut up and I won't say one more thing.

"You can't guess on plays when you have teams playing for playoff spots", Gentry said. He also drew a foul on a missed 3-pointer in which he threw his arms forward toward Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday as he went up for the shot with 5:39 left. For the record: Both teams were called for 19 fouls in the game, although Houston did attempt six more free throws than New Orleans. We talk about them holding him, we talk about them grabbing him on rolls, and we talk about them coming under him on post-ups.

Holiday, who had defended the play with one arm pressed against his torso to avoid fouling, was furious with the call, as was Gentry and the crowd when the replay was shown.

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" ... A big part of (the Blazers') defense - they play very hard; I don't mean to take anything away from them".

The call prompted Pelicans' fans to loudly boo Harden on each ensuing touch, but the vitriol didn't elicit the desired results. The BrowHouston had its 17-game winning streak snapped last week by the Toronto Raptors, but the Rockets didn't waste any time starting a new one, as they've won three in a row. And you want to know why? Because he doesn't bitch and complain. "You can't guess on the game".

Because a February 7 home game against the Indiana Pacers was postponed due to a leaky roof and rescheduled for March 21, the Pelicans will play three games in three nights and five games over six nights, an unprecedented stretch for a team fighting for its playoff life. You can't guess on a foul. Leading MVP candidate James Harden will lead them against dark-horse candidate Anthony Davis and the Pelicans, who are fighting to keep their spot in a tight Western Conference playoff race.

One has to think that the National Basketball Association will be forced to address this on a wide scale, sooner rather than later.

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