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Doc Rivers, Celtics teed off about technical fouls

May 29, 2012, 1:37 AM EDT

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Let’s just get this out of the way up front — Boston did not lose this game because they got five technical fouls. Their problems in this series are much larger than that and it only amounted to three Heat points anyway.

But still — five technicals. It was enough to get referees names (Ed Malloy and Danny Crawford) trending on twitter.

Doc Rivers, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo each got one, plus there was one for defensive three seconds and one for delay of game when Kevin Garnett tapped the ball after a made basket.

Were they legit? Doc Rivers says no (from A. Sherrod Blakely at

“I know mine wasn’t. I can tell you that much. I don’t know how long I’ve been in the league, but that has to rank as the worst I’ve ever had. I would have loved to earn it.”

That will be a $25,000 fine for Rivers, no doubt. The league does not take kindly to you saying the referees blew it. But video of the call showed Rivers only saying “Come on, Eddie” to Malloy. It wasn’t technical worthy from what we saw (we don’t know what happened prior to that moment).

Allen had a bad call go against him then had the technical because of his reaction (one that was not playoff tech worthy). The delay of game came after a previous warning, but Garnett tapped the ball after it came through the net gently. It was technically a violation, but worse has gone unpunished.

In a rough game for them Boston came off as the frustrated team, and that focus was easily placed on the calls and not the team’s poor shooting from the outside or the host of other things that cost the Celtics the game.

Still, the Celtics should be frustrated. It was a little tight for an emotional playoff game. You got to let the guys play.

  1. baroneski29 - May 29, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    To be honest. If I’m the Celtics I wouldn’t be that worried. They were supposed to lose that game. They played horribly and were battling the refs, and they were still in the game. If they make half the free throws that they missed then it is a completely different game. I can assure you that the Celtics won’t miss that many free throws again this series.

  2. gmsingh - May 29, 2012 at 3:44 PM

    Kurt Helin: You got to let the guys play.

    Kurt gets an assist for damage control!

  3. lakerluver - May 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Ohhhh, I’m gonna get so much joy out of the Heatles getting thumped in the Finals AGAIN. Heat fans are in for a rude awakening if they think this crap brand of basketball can beat the Spurs.

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