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Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was fined by the NBA $25,000 for criticizing officials following his team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.


Toronto Raptors head coach has been fined by the NBA $25,000 for publicly criticizing game officials following the Raptor's loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Casey was upset by a perceived no call on the game's final play where it looked like there was contact between DeMar DeRozan and Atlanta's Al Horford.

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DeRozan grabbed an offensive rebound during the game's final moments and had his game-winning attempt blocked by Al Horford. There was pretty apparent contact on the play, but no foul was called. Casey charged onto the court in disbelief and sounded off after the game.

The Raptors have been on the receiving end of league apologies already twice this season for blown calls by game officials in losses to the Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls. Casey reached his boiling point on Wednesday after the loss to the Hawks.

"I'm tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of games. I know the league is going to come down on me, but I don't care. "These guys have fought their hearts out, played their hearts out and at the end of the game, we get cracked, (league sends out an) apology, go back to Canada.

The loss dropped the Raptors to 16-30 on the season and frustration has set in after close losses in recent days to the Bulls, Sixers and Heat.