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NBA fines Pistons’ Hamidou Diallo $20K for contact with official


The NBA on Sunday fined Detroit Pistons guard Hamidou Diallo $20,000 for making contact with a game official.

The incident occurred Saturday with 6:29 remaining in the second quarter in the Pistons’ home loss to the Boston Celtics. Diallo was ejected.

After the game, Pistons coach Dwane Casey said he believed the contact to be accidental. It appeared Diallo was losing his balance when he made contact with the official.

Casey said he thinks the official, Suyash Mehta, believed it was intentional because Diallo was angry about a previous play.

“The explanation I got was that (Mehta) thought (Diallo) was upset with him from the prior play,” Casey said. “I’m not a mind reader, but that’s what he felt when Hami bumped into him, and I thought it was totally accidental.

“Hami’s flying all over the place and bumps into him, but (Mehta) felt like (Diallo) bumped into him, so that was his explanation.”

Diallo, 23, is in his fourth NBA season. In 53 games (29 starts), he’s averaging 11.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

–Field Level Media



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