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Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams was fined $15,000 on Tuesday for his criticism of the officials after their Game 4 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
Williams laid into the officiating after Game 4, which the Pelicans won 118-103 at the Smoothie King Center. That win tied the series up 2-2.
During that contest, the Pelicans shot 42 free throws compared to just 15 from the Suns — something Willams clearly didn’t think was fair. The Suns were called for 28 fouls on the night, and New Orleans was hit with just 16.
“You can slice it any way you want to. In a playoff game that physical, [the disparity] is amazing,” Williams said Sunday of the foul gap, via ESPN. “Coaches shouldn’t have to come up to the microphone and feel like they’re going to get their heads cut off for speaking the truth … It’s not like we don’t attack the basket. They outplayed us, they deserve to win. That’s a disparity that you have to look at … It’s hard [to] swallow.”
The foul disparity was far bigger in Game 4 compared to the rest of the series. In Game 2, which the Pelicans won 125-114, New Orleans shot just two more free throws than Phoenix did. There was a four free throw gap in Games 1 and 3, too.
Game 5 of the series is set for Tuesday night in Phoenix. The Suns are a -6.5 point favorite on BetMGM.