Raptors Nick Nurse fined $ 50,000 for putting on mask and swearing at referees

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Raptors Nick Nurse fined $ 50,000 for putting on mask and swearing at referees


NEW YORK – The NBA fined Raptors head coach Nick Nurse US $ 50,000 for his actions in Toronto’s 115-112 loss to the Utah Jazz on Friday night at Amalie Arena.

A nurse was fined for throwing her face mask behind the scorer’s table and towards the stands, and for cursing match officials before leaving the pitch, the executive vice-president of the United Nations said on Sunday. NBA basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe in a statement.

“I just hope the money goes to a good cause,” Nurse said in a pre-game availability ahead of Sunday night’s game in Cleveland.

The incident occurred after Pascal Siakam missed a three-point buzzer attempt that could have tied the game.

The nurse watched the final game as she crouched down near the sideline. When the bullet shook the edge before falling, the nurse tore off her mask and threw it on the table and toward the boards.

A few people were parked nearby, but fans were not in the area as the court seats in this section are covered.

“Today is a new day and I have to do a better job,” Nurse said. “It’s hard work to do (while) wearing a mask (but) I have to do better with it. I certainly respect the protocols and the reasons why we do all of this.

“It’s just hard to communicate when you’re wearing a mask in a game that has music and fan noise and all kinds of things you’re trying to do. I just gotta do a better job with it.

The Jazz took 41 free throws, compared to 14 for the Raptors. After the game, Nurse said it “just didn’t look like they were going to let us win tonight”, without giving details.

The 27-stroke difference in free throw attempts between the teams was the second-biggest in the NBA this season, topped by the 28-stroke difference Houston had over Golden State on Wednesday.

Entering the game on Sunday, the Raptors were shooting 4.5 fewer free throws per game than their opponents this season, the second-biggest disparity in the league. Chicago takes 5.0 less per game than its opponents.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 21, 2021.

With files from The Associated Press.

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