DeMar DeRozan fined $25,000 for throwing ball at referee in Spurs’ Game 4 loss
DeMar DeRozan lost more than just his temper in Game 4.
According to Ben Golliver of The Washington Post, the NBA has fined DeRozan $25,000 for “recklessly throwing the basketball” at an official during the San Antonio Spurs’ loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
Referee Scott Foster called an offensive foul on DeRozan late in the fourth quarter, which stimulated him to launch the ball into stands at high velocity.
The 29-year-old All-Star confided his feelings about the play and ejection that followed after the game.
“Frustration,” is how DeRozan explained his emotions in the moment, per Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News. “I thought it was a bad call. A combination of both.”
Prior to the incident, the Spurs trailed 110-92. Coach Greg Popovich was foreseeably displeased with the outcome.
“The Nuggets competed and we did not,” San Antonio coach Popovich told The Washington Post. “Their physicality was obvious from the get-go. You knew that was going to happen and we did not respond. So, it was a very disappointing loss.”
LaMarcus Aldridge, who recorded a team-high 24 points and nine rebounds, came to the defense of his shooting guard over the matter.
“He’s a fiery guy,” Aldridge said of DeRozan. “Everyone knows that now. Nobody wanted to lose. Everybody was a little frustrated.”
The San Antonio Spurs are now tied 2-2 with the Denver Nuggets, and will be back in Denver for a pivotal Game 5.
DeMar DeRozan should be a full-go in that meeting.