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NBA finals, Lakers Celtics: Doc Rivers complains about officiating, dabbles in irony

Jun 9, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

Rivers_referees.jpgLet’s be clear up front: The officiating during the NBA finals has not been good. Fans from Boston to Los Angeles have been complaining as games have been called tight and stars have been in foul trouble.

Wednesday it was Doc Rivers turn to flirt with a fine from the league, as reported by ESPN’s Chris Sheridan.

“I think it was a ton of moving screens they got away with,” Rivers said the day after the Celtics’ 91-84 loss to the Lakers in Game 3 put the Celtics behind 2-1 in the best-of-7 series. “As far as off-the-ball action … you are not allowed to hold, you are not allowed to bump, and you are not allowed to impede progress. I read that this morning, and I’m positive of it. So, you know, when that happens it has to be called.”

Let the irony of that paragraph sink in, really savor it. For the past few years there has been no team that has bumped, grabbed and impeded progress like the Celtics. Suddenly it’s a big problem.

“It’s huge,” Rivers said. “We’ve had all three games where one of our quote-unquote Big Three has not been able to play.

“Last night, Paul was never in his rhythm. He couldn’t be. He played for four minutes, he was back on the bench, played for five minutes. I mean, I played Paul at times last night when I should not have had him on the floor with four fouls, but I had no choice. You’ve got to get him on the floor at some point.

“But it clearly — you know, we watched film today, and I showed Paul, it’s funny. I said ‘Paul, that’s a driving lane. You’ve got to get to the basket.’ His response was: ‘I was worried about getting another foul.’ It’s tough to play that way.”

He wasn’t complaining in Game 2 when Kobe Bryant had to play that way.

I don’t blame Rivers for being frustrated. He should be. But so far the Lakers have adjusted better to the officiating than the Celtics, and that’s one of the reasons they lead the series. The Lakers, more a finesse team, my also find it easier to adjust.

That or the inconsistent officiating is so random nobody ever really adjusts.

Today it was Rivers turn to work the officials through the media. At some point in the next few days it will be Phil Jackson’s turn. And so the cycle of life continues.

 
  1. SUPERFAN24 - Jun 10, 2010 at 3:26 AM

    Wow cscha, what planet are you from? Is it not enough for the President of the United States to say that Kobe is the Best Player on the Planet? It’s clear that players whine because the officiating is just not good enough. It’s not their fault. Besides, I’ve seen many times when players even admit to fouls or last touches still to be ignored by officials, so it goes both ways. Furthermore, if it weren’t for the Lakers and Boston, no one would watch the Finals. Why don’t you stop hating on the Lakers and start thinking before you make your point? Don’t hate the players, hate the game.

  2. pete leary - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:03 AM

    That Buck Rogers is a genius isn,t he? Is his IQ lower than a hockey score!

  3. boston blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:11 AM

    Anonymous cant spell moron which probably means that he is a moron!

  4. Boston Blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    BPZO is a baby Genius isn’t he?

  5. boston blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:20 AM

    If these BLOG users had to take an IQ test to qualify, the blogs would be empty!

  6. boston blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Superfan is a Faker(oops I mean Laker)fan and another genius.The Celtics have been the Fakers DADDY for many years. Get over it!

  7. boston blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    Buck Rogers the correct spelling for wine in the context you used it is whine.Get a dictionary for xmas!

  8. Boston Blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:38 AM

    Rick92886 when you remarked that the Fakers talent out ways the Celtics, did you mean outweighs?

  9. Boston Blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM

    Superfan says that Pres. Obama says that Kobe Bryant is the best player in the world. Yeah and Obama is the best President we ever had.Not! Celtics in 6!

  10. banner18 - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:06 AM

    I see Bennett Salvatore is in that photo… Why does this guy work the Finals every single year? He flat out sucks at his job… Check out this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDM2eGpf5Hc&feature=related
    The NBA has a major officiating problem, and the league will not admit it.

  11. tony - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    Of all the idiotic comments I have ever read on these blogs….Mr. Boston Blackie ranks right at the top. What a complete idiot…What next? sticks an stones?…you need a shrink….

  12. dragonswizardz - Jun 10, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Funny, huh? When the vast majority of calls is in your favor no complaint. Other way ’round & “big problem”. Well, the Lakers have to play with the same officiating (&, yes, Phil’s been in same boat) & they’ve adjusted quite nicely. Wanna know what the real problem is? Do ya? Well, (& remember, I’m a die-hard Laker fan from ages gone bye) it’s this: the officiating has been TOO MUCH!! That’s right. This is the NBA Finals & neither team is being allowed to play the game that can provide is the most exciting moment in professional sports. There were, I think, 134 fouls called the 1st 2 games ~~ far too many for my taste & that of most NBA fans whether for or against either team. What happened to the “no harm no foul” concept of officiating? Did it die? Of course there will be fouls & some will happen at critical moments of any game but, for cryin’ outloud, let the teams play ~~ let the fans see the 2 best teams in the NBA this year compete on as even a basketball court as possible. If so, know what’ll happen? The truly best team WILL WIN the championship & the fans will see the best basketball rivalry ever add another group of legends to its storied past (& I don’t necessarily mean the superstars either ~ remember Fisher’s performance in game 3 & Allen’s in game 2?).

  13. Alex - Jun 10, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    That is really funny, this article calls it just right, the Celtics have been the bully and just like the bullies in real life, they don’t like to get punched back! They are now realizing that the Lakers are the bigger tougher better team who can adjust and figure things out pretty quickly. Whoever wrote that Paul Pierce cries more than anyone is right on, that dude should be ashamed of himself to even think he’s better than any of the superstars in the league with the way he plays.

  14. Boston Blackie - Jun 10, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Responding to Tony a/k/a YNOT. yes, Tony I do need a shrink! You see I recently retired and I am bored stiff which accounts for me poking good fun at you and the fellow morons that occupy air space on this planet! Celtics in 6!

  15. joe green - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    joe you frickin idiot. Look at Fisher on how he gets away with holding and bumping. He doesn’t have the speed anymore so he resorts to holding away from the ball on Ray Allen.
    And then Pierce barely bumps Artest and he is on the bench most of the game with 4 fouls.

  16. joe green - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:05 PM

    Laker4life..yeh you are really unbiased right? What a moron you are.
    I look at the officiating at both sides. Game 2 Garnett wasn’t allowed to play because of ticky tack fouls. Kobe wasn’t allowed to play because of ticky tack fouls. Then game 3 it was Pierce not allowed to play because of ticky tack fouls.
    They officials need to quit interfering with the play.
    You know the Celtics would have won game 3 if Pierce would have been allowed to play. He had just nailed a 3 in the 3rd quarter then another ticky tack foul puts him on the bench.

  17. Jay - Jun 10, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    I put together a video of every bad call for both teams from game 3. It’s like 20-3 in favor of the Lakers. The Celtics are getting screwed big time. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uK8x5WVxE0

  18. Coach Kevin - Jun 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    Doc has a right to complain about the calls, but there isn’t much they are going to do about it. The Lakers ALWAYS get calls their way in LA. Kobe is an awesome basketball player, but an even better actor! As far as Gasol and Artest, most teams get technicals when you swear at the refs (and yes, you can read their lips in games 1,2,5, and 6) but these guys seem to get away with it. Game 6 is just another example of how the Lakers can’t win unless the refs make the calls for them. Artest hammers Perkins while Kobe slaps him retrieving a ball. Gasol takes 4-5 steps while trying to make the layup (remember from 1st grade basketball? That’s called traveling unless you are a Laker). Watching Kobe trying to run up Ray Allen’s jersey while he was dribbling was fun to watch to.. Refs – call a fair game, ignore what Jack is paying you…

  19. Tintin - Jun 18, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    The Referees were abselutely terrible and blind. Either that or they were being paid by the LAkers.

  20. C - Jun 18, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    The championship series belonged to anyone. Game 7 did not. No doubt both teams didn’t play their best. The fourth quarter calls were absurd. The Lakers had 37 FT attempts, while the Celtics had 17. The Lakers had more FT attempts than the Celtics had the whole game. Some were deserved, some weren’t. But at least call it for both teams. In a game as close as this, nothing matters until the 4th quarter. Everyone forgot Kobe’s horrible 3 quarters, and they forgot Kevin Garnett’s 3 first half fouls to limit his play time. Momentum shifts too much in basketball to blame anything before the 4th, especially in a close game like this.
    I thought Lakers would win the series, but not like this.

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