Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young has been fined $15,000 ($A20,000) by the NBA for making contact with a game official during Thursday’s 122-111 loss to the Washington Wizards.
The incident occurred with 6:41 remaining in the second quarter.
Young missed a 14-foot running shot and ended up on the baseline behind official Ben Taylor.
Instead of running around him, Young ran close to the official and made contact with his body and his slightly outstretched left elbow.
Taylor immediately blew the whistle and gave Young a technical foul.
After the contest, Young criticised the officiating of Thursday’s game and the season in general.
“You’ve got to fight through it and play through it,” Young said. “Obviously, you’re not going to change refs, as much as some of us would like.”
Young scored a season-low 15 points on Thursday and is averaging 24.2 through five games, a tick above his career average of 24.1.