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Cavs coach Bickerstaff fined $20,000 by NBA after ejection

March 4, 2022 GMT
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff yells at the referees after being ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Cleveland. The Hornets won 119-98. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff yells at the referees after being ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Cleveland. The Hornets won 119-98. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff yells at the referees after being ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Cleveland. The Hornets won 119-98. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff yells at the referees after being ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Cleveland. The Hornets won 119-98. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff yells at the referees after being ejected during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Cleveland. The Hornets won 119-98. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

NEW YORK (AP) — Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Friday for his behavior while being ejected from a game this week.

Bickerstaff received two technical fouls and was tossed — for the first time as Cleveland’s coach — by referee Natalie Sago in the third quarter of Monday night’s 199-98 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.

The league fined Bickerstaff for using inappropriate language toward the officiating crew and not leaving the court “in a timely manner.”

Bickerstaff was angered by several calls and erupted with 8:36 left in the third quarter after Cavs forward Cedi Osman was whistled for a blocking foul.

Following the game, Bickerstaff said he apologized to his team, staff and children.

“Nobody should see that,” he said. “That’s on me needing to improve and be better. It’s a combination of frustrations, obviously, but I need to stay in the fight. I need to be better.”

The Cavaliers have lost five of six heading into Friday night’s game at Philadelphia.

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