minnesota timber wolves Rudy Gobert center didn’t hold back Wednesday night when speaking to reporters following a loss to the Phoenix Suns.
And it will cost you.
Gobert was fined $25,000 by the NBA, while Minnesota head coach Chris Finch will be fined $15,000 less after the two publicly criticized officials after the 107-100 loss.
TIMBERWOLVES’ RUDY GOBERT THINKS OFFICIALS MAKE CALLS TO HELP OTHER TEAMS: ‘SO OBVIOUS’
The Suns outshot the Timberwolves 27-12 at the free throw line, with Phoenix Guard Devin Booker attempting more free throws (15) than the entire Minnesota team.
Officials called 29 fouls in the second half, compared to just 11 in the first half.
«It’s not fair. It’s really not fair,» Gobert told reporters, according to the Star Tribune. «Every night. I’ve been in this league for 10 years and I try to always give the benefit of the doubt, but it’s hard for me to think that they’re not trying to help.» [the Suns] win tonight. It’s hard for me to think that they didn’t try to help the [Golden State] The warriors win the other night or sacramento kings the other night. It is so obvious. As a basketball player who’s been in this league for so long, it’s disrespectful.»
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Gobert added that he felt umpires tend to favor big-market teams.
«We understand that we’re not the biggest in the markets and we’re a team that, I think you want to see KD [Kevin Durant] in the playoffs, steph [Curry] in the playoffs, you want to see LeBron [James] in the playoffs,» he continued. «[The] Timber wolves are not there yet. We have to keep putting our heads down, keep playing through it and it’s frustrating, especially for me.»
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Finch was more delicate with his criticism, referencing the free throw disparity in his postgame comments.
«It works because tonight they went in line 27 times and we went in line 12 times. To sit here and talk about it or whatever, it must have worked for them,» he said. «Because this is a team that historically doesn’t foul at the rate that they did.»
Minnesota is currently in eighth place in the Western Conference, two games ahead of the dallas mavericksThey are currently out looking for the NBA playoff tournament.