INDIANAPOLIS – Frustrated with his team’s plight in the aftermath of Indiana’s wire-to-wire to Miami in Game 4 Monday of the Eastern Conference finals, Pacers star Paul George questioned in his postgame interview session the impartiality of the referees who worked the game.
“I feel like we’re just as aggressive as they are attacking the basket and making plays at the rim,” George said, when asked about the Heat shooting twice as many free throws – 34 vs. 17 – as the Pacers. “Maybe this was just home cooking.”
The NBA responded Tuesday, fining George $25,000 for that public criticism.
David West, the Pacers’ veteran power forward who shared George’s frustration, didn’t have to pick up a tab of his own because he veered away from a frontal attack. West spoke of some “new rules” his team learned about on the fly in hearing or not hearing whistles in Game 4.
Asked for specifics on those “rules,” West said: “I don’t know ’em myself. I’ll have to get versed on ’em.”
Through four games of the series, Miami has shot 87 free throws, Indiana 94. The Heat have been called for 84 fouls, the Pacers 80.
In the 2014 postseason so far, spanning 13 games, Miami has averaged 23.7 free throws per game to 21.5 for its opponents. Indiana, in 17 games, has averaged 23.4 to its foes’ 22.5.