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Byron Scott fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

Byron Scott Byron Scott has been fined for criticizing officials. (Allen Einstein, Getty Images)

The NBA has fined Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott $25,000 for criticizing officials, the league announced Sunday.

Scott made the offending remarks in an interview after the Cavs' loss to the Timberwolves on Friday. In that game, the Cavs got nine free throw shots compared to the Timberwolves' 35.

“I’m trying to figure out a way to say this without getting fined,” coach Byron Scott said of the officiating. “It was that bad. It really was. It was that bad. I mean I understand we’re playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did. I think we had 38 attempts in the paint to their 34, we get nine free throws, I think that speaks for itself.”
Scott has plenty of reason to be frustrated besides the officials. His team is 4-17, tied for the second-worst record in the league.