Coach Spo fined $25,000 for comments about officiating

May 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra address the media on a post game press conference after game 5 of the 2012 NBA eastern conference semi-finals against the Indiana Pacers at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat defeated the Pacers 115-83. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE



The NBA fined Miami coach Erik Spoelstra $25,000 on Friday for "critical public comments'' about officiating in the Eastern Conference series with Indiana. Hours before the Heat beat the Pacers in Game 6 Spoelstra made the comments quoted by several media outlets saying the NBA "does not have a problem'' with Indiana committing hard fouls on Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Spoelstra said he counted more than 12 times where Heat players were hit in the face by the Pacers this season. "The league does not have a problem with hard fouls on our two main guys,"

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