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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  27 responses

Video: Doc Rivers Gets the Worst Technical Foul of His Life


Quite understandably, Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was beside himself when referee Ed Malloy and his quick trigger hit him with a silly technical foul in Game 1 of the ECF last night. In his postgame comments, Rivers discussed the iffy call. Per WEEI: “I know mine wasn’t [deserved],’ Rivers said. ‘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 liked to have earned it.’ Malloy called a technical foul on Rivers and then called one on Rajon Rondo midway through the third after Rondo and Shane Battier became entangled after a Brandon Bass basket. Rondo appeared to push Battier away, trying to get loose. Earlier in the game, referee Danny Crawford called a tech on Ray Allen after Allen was demonstrative after a call on him. Crawford then whistled Kevin Garnett for a delay of game technical for tapping the ball out of bounds after a Celtics basket. ‘We should never get them, I told our guys,’ Rivers said, before adding, ‘Everybody has to keep their composure, not just just the players and coaches.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com raylan

    C’mon Doc

  • http://www.nba.com Saviour

    Refs were shocking in this game – biased and too whistle friendly, killing alot of flow.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Doc deserves more respect than that. Sheesh.

  • Heals

    Ranks up there with KG getting called for 3secs in key (by Eddie Rush) in a playoff game vs Orl when only 3 seconds had come off the shot clock and Ticket had to come across halfcourt after the in bounds pass…

  • bike

    Might have something to do with KG whispering ‘I will drink your blood’ into one of the ref’s ear early in the game.

  • Riggs

    @Heals: great memory i forgot all about that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Might as well take out your checkbook now, Doc and fill everything else in while you wait to find out the amount later today.

  • http://friendhour.tumblr.com/ cramzy

    jeff van gundy was not having it!

  • Mike Mihalow

    JVG is the best thing about watching an NBA game in ESPN.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    The officiating in this game and a lot of other Heat games have been very suspect.

  • MeloMan15

    I’ve watched most of the miami heat games this postseason and they seem to often get pretty favorable calls, especially at home

  • William Smithe

    JVG should be the next Commish. Some of the billionaires might lose some money because JVG actually cares about basketball but the fans and players would be better off.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    oh man, JVG as Commish would be phenomenal.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I won’t say the NBA is rigged unless the Hornets win the draft lottery.

  • Lloyd

    Seems like the NBA wants a good storyline for the finals. The Heat have been getting some reallllll generous calls lately. It seems pretty blatant when the other team isn’t getting calls for the same situations with more contact on the other end of the floor. That’s not even the worst part. The worst part is watching LBJ and DWade throw a tantrum for calls they think they should have gotten. Watch Wade and see how many times he cries to the refs after a take and doesn’t get back on D. He used to be my favourite player too damn.

  • DreDay

    The NBA is going to HELL. Good Grief!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    @heals is there video of that? and malloy ows doc one

  • bike

    Eddie thought Doc meant ‘cum on eddie’.

  • Aamir K.

    @DreDay IKR! This is crazy, Rondo, RayRay, and Doc all got techs, they were all bad calls by the official, especially this one, and @Lloyd, D-Wade cries all the time, and Bron used to not do it, I guess he learned teh art of the flop from Wade, lol.

  • http://slamonline house

    I was incredulous when I saw that tech get awarded. Quite a few bs calls in that game

  • Heals

    Trying SpitHot, the best I can do so far is just highlights of the game itself (Bos vs Orl Gm5 2010 playoffs, 5/26/10). It’s also the game when Eddie gave Perk 2 AWFUL T’s (one for when his hand slipped and bumped an Orl player as Perk was trying to help up a teammate and the other when he was walking away after disagreeing with a call by Eddie)…

  • http://slamonlin.com jumpman22

    According to that ref, us should get a technical by just watching the video again, and who ever comments, one more.

  • Rainman

    5 on 8, and completely ruined the momentum and flow of the game. overall just wtf.

  • Rainman

    @ caboose: why? they arent nba owned anymore. So that conspiracy theory holds no weight any longer.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    if you are that easily offended then being a professional ref is the perfect job for you… smh

  • Mega

    rainman r u talking about sterns agreement with benson to include a #1 overall draft pick with his purchase of the hornets? Because with both individuals recent track record that one might hold a little weight in the court of internet law.

  • WEASAL

    i think i know who stern wants to win

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