Raptors’ Fred VanVleet tears into referee after loss: ‘Ben Taylor was f—ing terrible tonight’
Heavy fine is coming for Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet, and he doesn’t seem too upset.
After a 108-100 loss to Toronto Los Angeles Clippers On Wednesday night, VanVleet ripped into the officiating, ejecting referee Ben Taylor.
“I don’t mind, I’ll take the fine. I don’t really care,” VanVleet said. “I thought Ben Taylor was awful tonight. I thought most nights, out of the three [officials], there are one or two that just start the f— game. It has been like a couple of games in a row.
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“Denver was tough, obviously [the prior game]. Come out tonight, competing really hard, I’ll get a bull—- technical in the third quarter. Changed everything The dynamic of the game. Changed the entire flow of the game. You know, most referees are trying hard. I love so many quotes. They are trying their best. They are fairly neutral. They communicate well. And then you get other people who just want to be d—-.
on Monday, NBA official Scott Foster Raptors forward Scotty Barnes ejected late in the fourth quarter against the Denver Nuggets.
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On Wednesday, the Clippers attempted 31 free throws to the Raptors’ 14.
VanVleet has eight technical fouls on the season, three of which have been called by Taylor.
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“It’s just kind of a game. Nobody’s coming to see that s—. They’re coming to see the players,” VanVleet added. “And I think we’re losing a little bit of the fabric of what the NBA is and was. It’s been disappointing this season. You can see … most of my technique this year has been working with Ben Taylor. .At a certain point as a player you feel it’s personal.
“It’s never been a good spot. That’s why we didn’t lose tonight. We lost, but that definitely makes it tough to overcome.”
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The Raptors have not lived up to expectations this season, currently sitting in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with a 32-35 record.