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Jason Kidd fined $25,000 by NBA for criticizing refs

Jason Kidd yells from the sideline during the

Jason Kidd yells from the sideline during the second half of a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Dallas. Credit: AP / LM Otero

Jason Kidd's decision to publicly blast the referees Thursday proved costly.

After the Nets coach criticized the Game 5 officiating on a conference call with reporters, the NBA fined Kidd $25,000, announcing it before Game 6 last night.

Kidd questioned why referee Tom Washington didn't call a foul during the scramble after Andray Blatche's missed free throw with 4.9 seconds left in the Nets' loss, making it clear he thought Shaun Livingston got hacked.

Kidd said it was "kind of mind-boggling" that Joe Johnson took 23 shots and attempted only one free throw. He also suggested that the Nets should flop more to get some calls to go their way, a direct shot at the Raptors' acting skills.

At first, Kidd tried to play coy when asked for his reaction to the fine. "It's a beautiful day outside, isn't it?" he said. "Was it raining?"

Pressed about his decision to break from his usual script and send a message about the officiating, Kidd went back to his comic routine. "What did I do? I never make any headlines," said Kidd, who's been fined a total of $75,000 this season, starting with the spilled soda incident in November. "It wasn't me."

Told it sounded like him on the phone, Kidd said: "Was it? Oh, then it was me. No, it's an opinion. We all have one. Right or wrong. So we move on."

Johnson may not have gotten the calls he wanted in Game 5, but he did get two more points. The NBA announced a scoring correction, crediting him with two points after Deron Williams was incorrectly given a bucket with 3:46 left in the game.

Speaking of the officiating, Johnson said, "I never get calls, man. It don't bother me, though. I just try to play through it because at the end of the day, complaining to the refs is not going to make it any easier. So I just try to respect the call and keep going."

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