MIAMI -- Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra can kiss his bonus for advancing to the next round of the playoffs goodbye. The NBA fined Spoelstra $25,000 on Friday for making public comments about officiating.
Before the Heat's Game 6 victory to close out the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, Spoelstra said league officials had been ignoring a series of hits to the head against LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the series.
Spoelstra had a prepared statement ready as an answer to the league for the suspension of Heat forward Udonis Haslem for Thursday's game after a flagrant foul in Game 5. Pacers forward Tyler Hansbrough was not suspended for a flagrant foul on Wade.
"The league does not have a problem with hard fouls on our two main guys," Spoelstra said. "In nine games now, there's been over a dozen hard fouls to the face, some of the tomahawk variety, some have drawn blood. They don't have a problem with it so we don't have a problem with it. We'll focus on what we can control."
Mentioning the hint of such a conspiracy guaranteed a fine and the league acted swiftly. Before the series began, Pacers coach Frank Vogel was fined $15,000 for making comments about officiating when he said: "[The Heat] are 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."