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NBA fine Jason Kidd for criticizing officials in Nets-Raptors series

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has been handed a $25,000 fine by the NBA following comments he made about the officials in the wake of Game Five of the Nets-Raptors playoff series.

Kidd was left frustrated by a number of decisions, or lack of, during the Nets 115-113 defeat in Toronto and let rip at the officials yesterday.

Speaking about the lack of free throws his team received he was far from happy:

"If flopping is the way to go, then we have to maybe play that game.

"But Joe (Johnson) is a strong individual, and unfortunately he doesn't flop. He plays and doesn't complain. But that's why we have officials, to make calls," said Kidd.

He went on to criticize an end-game decision involving Andray Blatche in a general rant at those in charge of the playoff contest. 

Kidd must have been aware that his comments would draw a fine from the NBA, and it proved the case Friday when the league handed out the mandatory $25,000 fine.

The Nets currently trail the Toronto Raptors 3-2 in their NBA playoff series ahead of Game Six back in New York Saturday.

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