BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Spencer Dinwiddie was not happy with the officials after Brooklyn’s 87-85 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Here was the full quote:
“It’s funny you mention it being physical and not a lot of calls. It’s a tough loss for us it makes us 0-3 against the Celtics. Obviously we wanted to beat them and these are games we feel we should’ve won. It’s become a trend this year. As a leader of the team I can express our frustrations. We’re losing guys to whatever random contact, people are driving to the basket and getting knocked down – things of that nature. To see the same type of respect not reciprocated is very frustrating for us.”
It wasn’t just this game, though. Dinwiddie feels the lack of respect comes when officials shush him or his teammates when asking for an explanation.
“The other thing that is very frustrating as well is we have these meetings, right, as teams or with PA about respect and so we want to treat everybody with respect because everybody is doing their jobs and they’re trying their best including us. We turn the ball over. Calls are missed, whatever it is. But when you approach somebody, and they shush you or they wave you off like you’re not a man or something of that nature, that’s also very frustrating. To already be in the position of feeling like you’re not getting the same respect, whether true or false, it is an opinion at the end of the day. It’s very subjective. That is an opinion. But to have that and not just in one case, but time after time. And like I said, to be shushed if you’re not a man. Those are the things that are really frustrating for guys on this team for sure. Especially games that are so hard fought that come down to the last second.”
Timofey Mozgov, whose locker is right next to Dinwiddie’s, tried to interrupt, saying, “Save your money.” We’ll keep an eye out for a possible fine for Dinwiddie for speaking out about the refs.