Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has reportedly been fined $25,000 by the NBA for stepping onto the court during Game 3 on Saturday night to confront officials.
Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for walking on court in Game 3 at halftime to "verbally confront game officials."
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 6, 2018
The Raptors desperately needed to win Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Obviously that did not happen, as LeBron James pulled off yet another brilliant late-game miracle to push his team to a 3-0 lead over Toronto.
Throughout the later portion of that game, the Raptors were visibly upset about how they perceived the game was getting called by the refs. After one of those calls, both head coach Dwane Casey and Ujiri were extremely hot, and the general manager did go onto the court to express his frustrations.
Not only is Dwane Casey hot about reversing that foul on Ibaka from shooting to out of bounds, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri was just courtside yelling at refs.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) May 6, 2018
Obviously the NBA isn’t going to allow that to happen without some negative consequences.
One can sympathize with Ujiri, however. It’s not hard to understand how the prospect of going down no games to three against the defending Eastern Conference champs — a team that’s owned your own for years — was grating on his nerves.