Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd fined for criticizing NBA officiating

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Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was fined $15,000 by the NBA for his public criticism of officiating, the league announced Thursday.

Kidd was punished for his comments following Milwaukee’s 124-119 loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

The Bucks were whistled for 31 fouls in the game, which led to the Cavaliers attempting 38 free throws. Conversely, Milwaukee only had 16 free-throw attempts in the contest.

“No matter if you have three officials out there or six officials they’re getting the call,” Kidd said after the game, per the Journal Sentinel of Milwaukee. “That’s disappointing because the game is being won or lost by the free-throw line.

“We’re outscoring our opponent, we’re making more twos and threes and we’re losing it at the free-throw line. We have to do a better job of not fouling and making sure that the officials understand that there are fouls at the other end too.”

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