Dahntay Jones' cheap shot to the groin of Raptors center Bismack Boyombo at the end of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals is going to force the Cavaliers bench player to miss Monday's Game 4 in Toronto, the NBA announced Sunday.
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Jones, who rarely sees minutes for the Cavaliers, struck Biyombo with a closed hand in the groin on the final possession of the Raptors' Game 3 win, leaving Biyombo in pain on the floor even after the game ended.
"I got hit in an area that I wasn't supposed to get hit on, or a private area, so to speak," Biyombo told reporters after the game. "Whenever the league has a chance, they probably want to take a look at that. That's all I can say on that one."
Raptors coach Dwane Casey also picked up a penalty from the league for his comments about the officiating. Casey was fined $25,000 for public criticism during the postgame press conference following the Raptors’ 99-84 victory. Here's what he said via ProBasketballTalk.
“[Biyombo] is not getting the calls. We shoot zero free throws in the fourth quarter. Zero. He’s getting hit. There’s one play where they almost have a brawl. He gets killed on that play. I don’t know if he’s getting hit because of how physical and tough he is, but he’s getting cracked…. Again, I’m going to say this: I think he gets hit almost on every rebound and putback there is, and he just doesn’t get the calls, whether he’s rolling to the bucket, and we’ve just got to have consistency with that.”
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Toronto will look to even the series with the Cavs at two games apiece Monday at 8:30 p.m.