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Celtics coach Rivers fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

Apr 25, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers argues a call in the second half against the New York Knicks during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York Reuters

Boston’s plan in Game 2 was to go to Kevin Garnett inside early and often, to run their offense through the veteran big man. But he picked up two fouls in the first five minutes and had to go to the bench.

After the game Celtics coach Doc Rivers said, ““I thought the fouls on Kevin were horrendous, and had a huge effect on us. He never got his rhythm when you could see he was going to have a game. It hurt us.”

The league doesn’t take kindly to referees being criticized and on Thursday fined Rivers $25,000 for his comment.

You can bet Rivers knew that fine was coming before he opened his mouth. It’s the first instance of many in these playoffs where a coach will try to influence future referees through the media.

  1. acdc363 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    As a Celtic fan I’ve had no issues with the officiating thus far. The Knicks have by far been the best team throughout.

  2. misterdreamer119 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    He should criticize his team, they should be fined for bending over to the knicks.
    Disgraceful 2nd halfs.
    Pale green
    Punk pierce
    Connie lee
    Jettison terry
    Geeez!

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    He’s got some nerve, when Boston was getting calls galore throughout Game 1 and most of the first half of Game 2. The refs are the only reason you haven’t been blown out by 25 twice, and you’re crying to them???

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      You always cry about them, what’s the difference?

  4. money2long - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    im so used to seeing these fine amounts, that maybe one doesn’t realize 25 thousand is A LOT OF FREAKING MONEY for saying words. not a great bargain. but for some, maybe it was worth it. and yes, i’m aware some of them make millions. it’s still a lot of dough.

  5. yousuxxors - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    KG is the best at making illegal screens seem legal. couldn’t believe he got called on one. I think the refs have been good for both sides. sorry Mr.wright but sometimes the Knicks play bad for other reasons besides the refs like taking jump shots over two people. that’s what kept the Celtics in the game.

  6. kchristainsen - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Can we just agree that the NBA refs suck entirely, no matter what team you rout for. I get tired of refs getting in the way of playoff series. Its been slowly ruining the game and hopefully this start changing since Stern is leaving after this year.

    • professoressadiesel - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      NBA refs don’t suck entirely. They are actually quite good.

      FIBA refs…they suck entirely.

    • mazblast - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      The problem is that people keep buying tickets and (more importantly to Little Caesar) buying team-logo sh** despite the lousy “product”. So long as the revenues and ratings stay high, the league office has no incentive to improve.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      I’m sorry I fail to see what stern has to do with the refs. The refs aren’t going to magically get 90% of calls right with a different commish

  7. kavika6 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I can’t believe I’m actually cheering for the Celtics for the second time. (They failed us last year against Miami)

  8. raidmagic - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I don’t understand why Doc can’t say this but Lebron and and not only is he not fined but the fouls are changed after the fact.

    **disclaimer, I am not a Lebron or a Celtic fan just a curious NBA fan**

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