Celtics coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing the officials after the team’s loss Tuesday to the New York Knicks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.
The league announced the fine Thursday.
After his team’s 87-71 loss, Rivers was livid with some of the calls that went against Kevin Garnett, who had five fouls and was more or less a non-factor in the game.
““Listen, I thought the fouls on Kevin, first of all they were horrendous,” Rivers said after the Celtics fell in to a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven series that shifts to Boston for Game 3 Friday.
“And secondly, I thought they had a huge effect on us,” Rivers continued. “Kevin had three fouls that . . . I was . . . I mean, him not being on the floor, playing 24 minutes and never getting your rhythm, where you could see, it looked like he was going to have a game, it hurt us.
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