DeMar DeRozan fined US$15,000 for ‘5-on-8’ comment criticizing refs after Raptors loss to Dubs
"It's frustrating being out there feeling like you're playing 5-on-8. Some of those calls were terrible, period," DeMar DeRozan said after the loss. AP

NEW YORK — Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined US$15,000 (around P750,000) by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.

The punishment was announced on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations.

DeRozan made his remarks after the Raptors' 127-125 loss to Golden State on Saturday in Toronto.

He was fuming in part about a scramble for a loose ball that went out of bounds next to the Warriors' bench. After a video review, Golden State was awarded possession with three seconds left. Stephen Curry was fouled and made a pair of free throws before Fred VanVleet hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

DeRozan said after the loss that "It's frustrating being out there feeling like you're playing 5-on-8. Some of those calls were terrible, period."

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