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Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel fined $15K for referee comments

 Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel .  Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel . Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Frank Vogel will have to pay a $15,000 fine for comments he made Thursday about the Miami Heat. Vogel called Miami the "biggest flopping team in the NBA" "It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward. . . . Every drive to the basket they have guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers. Often times they’re falling down even before contact is even being made. It’ll be interesting to see how the series is officiated." NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson issued the decision Saturday.

The Heat, by and large, brushed off Vogel's comments.Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that he "could care less." Dwyane Wade said, "We understand that it's playoffs," "There's a lot of things to be said, mind games to be thrown out there. We can't let that affect us."