Cavaliers’ Tyronn Lue fined $25,000 for criticizing referees

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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has been fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing officials after Game 4 against the Golden State Warriors. 

Following the 108–97 loss in the Quicken Loans Arena, Lue took a portion of his post-game interview to say that he believes officials don’t call fouls in favor of LeBron James.

“He never gets calls,” Lue said. “I mean, he attacks. Outside of Russell Westbrook, he’s one of the guys that attacks the paint every single play. And he doesn’t get a fair whistle all the time because of his strength and because of his power and guys bounce off of him. But those are still fouls, and we weren’t able to get them. But we’ve got to play through officiating.”

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The comment came after a game where James attempted just four free throws on the entire night. He has gotten to the foul line 17 times so far in the finals.

James tallied 25 points and nine assists during Friday’s game. 

The Warriors currently lead the series 3–1, and have the chance to close out the series at home Monday. 

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