Paul George is going to have to pay up, as the NBA have fined him $25,000 for his criticism of the referees after Game 3 on Monday. George was especially peeved during the post game press conference and felt as if the Miami Heat had an added “advantage” thanks to the referees.
George was fined $25,000 Tuesday for public criticism of officiating he made after the Pacers’ 102-90 loss in Game 4. The Heat attempted 34 free throws compared to the Pacers’ 17 and following the loss, several players commented on the discrepancy. However, George took it further by blaming the loss on the Heat’s advantage at the free throw line.
However earlier on Tuesday before the league announced George’s fine, Pacers coach Frank Vogel said that he had addressed their postgame comments about officials and told them to attend to more important matters as they face a 3-1 deficit in the series.
“Yeah, I think we’ve got to worry about what we can control,” Vogel said. “We know we’re going to have to play through adversity on the road in the playoffs, and our guys just need to put their focus on what we’re doing.”
Paul needs to shake that off and focus on the game today. An Indiana loss today means that the whole team will be going fishing and Miami will advance to the NBA Finals for a 4th straight time.