Posted April 25, 2013

NBA fines Celtics’ Doc Rivers for criticizing referees

2013 Playoffs, Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, New York Knicks
Doc Rivers lashed out at the "horrendous" officiating after Game 2. (Al Bello/Getty Images Sport)

Doc Rivers has been fined for comments about the officiating. (Al Bello/Getty Images Sport)

The NBA has fined Celtics coach Doc Rivers $25,000 for publicly criticizing the league’s officials.

Rivers’ comments were made following Boston’s ugly 87-71 loss to New York on Tuesday. His beef: the tight treatment of Kevin Garnett, who finished with 12 points (on 4-for-9 shooting), 11 rebounds and five fouls in just 24 minutes. Garnett was forced to the sideline less than four minutes into the game with two fouls and also picked up a rare moving screen call late in the game.

WEEI.com reported Rivers’ pointed assessment as well as Garnett’s non-reaction.

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

“At times, it’s frustrating,” Garnett said. “But fouls are part of the game. Refs are calling things but it’s an aggressive time in postseason play. I just have to be consistent and position myself not to foul so much.”

Rivers’ frustration was understandable. The Celtics managed just 23 points in the second half, shooting just 4-for-18 in the third quarter and 3-for-18 in the fourth quarter. As Boston floundered, Carmelo Anthony was having his way, finishing with 34 points (on 11-for-24 shooting) in 39 minutes. J.R. Smith added 19 points (on 7-of-15 shooting) off the bench.

Game 3 is set for Boston on Friday with the Knicks leading the series 2-0. New York is seeking its first playoff series victory since 2000; Boston has advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs in each of the last five seasons.

2 comments
bikiniwallus
bikiniwallus

Even when David Stern retires, that "fine if you criticize" will most likely stay intact. TISNF!

cfunk
cfunk like.author.displayName 1 Like

The refs did suck in that game. Are they going to fine me? What kind of authoritarian BS is this? What if I just think negative thoughts about the refs? Is that a fineable offence?