WNBA fines Lynx coach after outburst

WNBA fines Lynx coach after outburst
October 19, 2012, 12:00 pm
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Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (23) steals the ball from Indiana Fever guard Shavonte Zellous (1) in the first half of Game 2 of the WNBA basketball Finals Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The WNBA has fined Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve for her coat-throwing outburst following a technical foul during Game 2 of the WNBA Finals against Indiana.

WNBA director of communications Ron Howard confirmed the fine Friday, hours before Game 3 between the Lynx and Fever in Indianapolis. He would not disclose the amount.

During Wednesday's game, Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen was issued a technical foul after complaining about a no-call. Reeve got one, too, and she then took off her suit coat and threw it so hard that a trainer later evaluated her right shoulder.

Indiana coach Lin Dunn said Thursday that she thought Reeve deserved a second technical and automatic ejection. Reeve stayed, and the Lynx won the game 83-71 to tie the best-of-five series at 1-1.

``I guess the thing that concerns me is that after she got her first technical, then she proceeded to take her jacket off, throw her jacket,'' Dunn said. ``In my opinion, that should have been reason for a second technical and removal, and they (the officials) did not do that, and of course, she was able to incite the crowd.

``There's no doubt in my mind that her behavior after the first technical warranted ejection, and I was very disappointed that the officials allowed her to in some ways, you know, just kind of a lack of respect for the game and lack of respect for them. I was disappointed in the whole affair.''

Dunn also took exception to Reeve's halftime speech, during which she directed her players to use their elbows in the second half.

``When you go to the basket, I want an elbow out,'' Reeve said in a speech that was televised. ``I want them to collapse their arms on you because you're sticking an elbow in their chest.''

Dunn learned of the speech after the game and was shocked: ``I've never heard a coach say that publicly before - lead with your elbow, they're not calling it.''