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Wallace fined $35,000 for criticizing officials

1/20/2010

The NBA fined Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace $35,000 for publicly criticizing game officials following Monday's 99-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

"[The officials] don't like tough defense on [Dirk Nowitzki], so, of course, I get a whole lot of [expletive] calls," Wallace said after Monday's game in which foul trouble limited his minutes. "That's how the story goes, I'm not worried about it. We'll see them again."

The Mavericks made a late third-quarter run with Wallace on the bench with four fouls. Asked if he thought that was the difference in the game, Wallace said, "Actually, I honestly can't remember which one the fourth foul was, there was so many bogus [calls], but I'm not worried about it."

Wallace was fined $30,000 earlier this season for critical comments on the officiating after Boston's 116-103 victory over Toronto in November.

Wallace's latest fine was announced Wednesday by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson.