July 12, 2024

Raptors head coach Darko Rajaković is likely facing a fine for his post-game comments criticizing the officiating in their loss to the Lakers. Despite Toronto’s less-than-impressive performance since Rajaković took over from Nick Nurse earlier in the season, they put up a strong fight against the Lakers, who were 5-point favorites at home. The game ended with a narrow 132-131 victory for the Lakers, but the glaring difference in free-throw opportunities couldn’t be ignored.

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The Lakers had 36 attempts from the charity stripe, while the Raptors were granted only 13, with a mere two coming in the fourth quarter. Rajaković, in his post-game address to the media, strongly expressed his belief that the foul calls were not evenly distributed and took the opportunity to critique the referees.

Here’s some of what he had to say:

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