February 1, 2013
Raptors coach hit in wallet for comments
By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Dwane Casey knew it was coming, but he saw no point in commenting on it further.
About five hours before his $25,000 fine from the league office became official, Casey politely, but firmly declined to comment on his outburst the night before to a group of media members.
For the fourth time this season, the Toronto Raptors were the victims of a missed call at the end of a game that almost assuredly - OK they could have missed the free throws but it’s unlikely - meant the difference between victory and defeat.
This time around it was DeMar DeRozan who corralled a rebound under the Atlanta basket with time expiring and facing a one-point deficit and was hammered as he went up to score what would have been the winning basket.
The non-call on the apparent-to-everyone-but-the-officials foul was the last straw for Casey who spoke out after the game about it.
“I’m tired of this,” Casey told reporters. “I’m tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the game. I know the league’s going to come down on me for this, but I don’t care. Guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out and at the end of the game we get cracked, apology, go back to Canada.”
So far this year the Raps have received three confirmations from the league about end-of-game calls they complained were missed. There’s a very good chance a fourth will be arriving on Friday if it’s not already in the Raptors’ possession.