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Carlisle says ‘small-market teams deserve a fair chance’ after being eliminated from Pacers loss in Game 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Indiana coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday that “small teams deserve an equal chance” during a complaint about who was responsible for his team’s loss to the New York Knicks.

Carlisle was called for two technical fouls and was sent off late Pacers fell 130-121putting them in a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

He said the Pacers found 29 calls they believed were incorrect in their Game 1 loss, but he did not submit them to the NBA. He promised that he would send them this time.

“I always talk to our guys about not talking about the officials, but we deserve a fair shot,” Carlisle said.

“There is no consistent balance. It’s disappointing.”

Officials acknowledged one incorrectly called a kicked ball violation late in Game 1, but the Pacers felt there were many more examples of wrong whistles.

“When you submit stuff in the playoffs, the other team can see what you submit. And so there were 29 plays in Game 1 that we thought were clearly going the wrong way. I decided not to submit them because I felt like we would get a more balanced whistle tonight,” Carlisle said. “It didn’t feel that way.”

He cited a play in the third quarter in which he felt Josh Hart of the Knicks push All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton — who was dealing with back spasms — in the back.

“It’s all on Twitter now because a few people showed it to me and JB DeRosa is looking right at it,” Carlisle said. “You can see he has a view of the play and he pushes Tyrese into the corner, but there’s no whistle. Right in the back. That was shocking, and there were many more. But I can promise you that we will submit this tonight. New York can prepare. They can see them too.”

Haliburton said the Pacers should blame themselves, not the officials.

“At the end of the day we were outplayed. We were there in the game,” Haliburton said. “But I like consistency, yes. But let’s not pretend that’s the only reason we lost. We just didn’t play well enough. But in the end it is 2-0.”

But Carlisle, who felt Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau’s yelling at the officials for a late double-dribble violation against center Isaiah Hartenstein turned into an inadvertent whistle that allowed New York to keep the ball, wants things to change when the series ends moves to Indiana for Game 3 on Friday.

“Small-market teams deserve an equal opportunity,” he said. “They deserve a fair chance wherever they play.”