Pistons' Monty Williams not backing off ref comments after non-call

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

CHICAGO -- Detroit Pistons coach Monty Williams wasn't exactly backing down a day after ripping the officials for missing a critical call near the end of a loss to the New York Knicks.

Williams seemed to take little solace Tuesday in the crew chief acknowledging that referees missed a foul by New York's Donte DiVincenzo. He also said he hadn't heard from the NBA about a potential fine.

"I think I said enough last night," Williams said before Detroit's game against the Chicago Bulls. "I'm not of the mindset of creating or building up an argument against the NBA or the officials. I was talking about an isolated incident last night, and I'll stand on what I said and what I saw after the game. As I told our guys today, we have to move past it but learn from it."

Williams was furious after DiVincenzo crashed into Pistons rookieAusar Thompson's legs on the chaotic final possession that gave the Knicks a 113-111 victory on Monday night. Thompson lost the ball in the collision along the sideline, and the Knicks came up with it, leading to a layup by Josh Hart with 2.8 seconds left.

Crew chief James Williams acknowledged DiVincenzo should have been called for a loose-ball foul. By then, Monty Williams had already gone off, describing it as "the absolute worst call of the season" and "an abomination."

Asked Tuesday if he had heard from the league about his comments, Williams said, "I have not."

As for the crew chief acknowledging the mistake?

"I saw the report," Williams said. "It is what it is. It's not going to change anything. It's not going to get us the win or the probability of having a chance to win. Again, our team has to learn and grow and stop using youth as an excuse. We've been in enough close games to know how to close well. In that situation, we have to secure the ball for us. It was just a tough way to lose a game."

The Pistons are an NBA-worst 9-49 after beating the Bulls 105-95 on Tuesday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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