Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  23 responses

Celtics Expecting a Kendrick Perkins Suspension?

Doc Rivers doesn’t sound all that confident that his mean-muggin’ big fella can keep his emotions in check enough to play in every NBA Finals game: “Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins has six technical fouls this postseason. One more and he’ll earn an automatic one-game suspension, according to league rules. Celtics Coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday he won’t tell Perkins to tone it down, and he more or less expects the center to get suspended in the NBA Finals against the Lakers. ‘Unfortunately, I hope it doesn’t, but you know it’s going to happen,’ Rivers said. ‘Perk is physical, the Lakers are saying they want to be physical now, so the refs are going to react to that, and what’s going to happen is it’ll be a double-technical [foul] that Perk doesn’t deserve and we’re going to have to deal with it. It’s unfair, but that’s the way it is.’ Meanwhile, Perkins said he can’t worry about walking a tightrope when it comes to his style of play. ‘Ninety percent of it is under my control,’ he said. ‘It’s going to be a heated rivalry and everything, so I’ve got to control my emotions.’ Perkins added, ‘I have a lot of people reminding me to stay calm, so I’m cool.”‘

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  • riggs

    yeah he IS going to get suspended, but at the same time it sometimes feel like he doesnt get that many fair calls in the first place.

  • http://www.springbored.net letsmotor

    the celtics should be ready for it if he does get suspended. if he gets one more tech, though, won’t they review all the others to see if they can rescind one? maybe then they would rescind that one he got for “elbowing” Gortat.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    He’ll pick up that 7th tech by the end of game 2.

  • BostonBaller

    If it happens I hope it’s in a game 1 win by the C’s…..

  • T-Money

    Ah! Now the refs are going to feel the pressure if they want to call a double tech involving Perks. But yeah, I don’t think it’s possible for Perk to go 6-7 games w/o a tech.

  • rich

    maybe 6 o7mins till he gets teched up lol he needs to follow kgs example of citizenship

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Does the Technical foul counter reset after he gets his next tech? Or does he get keep getting suspendede after each consecutive tech?

  • BostonBaller

    The fines get bigger….

  • LA Huey

    This is all your fault, ‘Sheed.

  • vtrobot

    This is lame. Have players really stopped complaining since these tech suspensions were put in place? Has there been a difference? They’re not serving the purpose for which they were created at all. It’s all subjective and based on who the refs really fell like punishing. Get your sh*t together, NBA.

  • Fat Lever

    “It’s unfair, but that’s the way it is”. No Doc, it’s not unfair. If Perkins didn’t act like a child most of the time a foul is called on him, he wouldn’t be in this situation. And I’m not saying to completely kill any reaction, and I understand it’s the playoffs, but act like an adult and don’t bug the f out every time a foul is called on you.

  • hembergler

    I don’t understand suspensions for technicals. Flagrants, sure, but technicals are called so frequently for such small keep-it-under-control incidents that they’re meaningless.

  • http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a78/nursetpd/TSB/Danny_Ainge_Shamwow.gif ENDS

    No MORE SUSPENSIONS FOR TECHNICALS. We should make a parade in downtown L.A. with like 60 people for this

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    for some reason, even tho he’s a rough and tumble player, he doesn’t seem like a dirty player to me. great guy to have on your team. but both the stupid elbow (don’t know if it was orchestrated, but if it was it would be crazy), and the walking away talking didn’t warrant technicals at all. just the ref’s trying to extend the series for more ticket sales!

  • http://www.DjRyB.com Dj RyB

    The double technical rule needs to be revisited. It was put in place to keep things from escalating but now it is used way to liberally and people like Perk who are involved in a lot of aggressive play get screwed.

    I will admit that Perk complains way too much and can be a baby at times but he has also been screwed by some terrible calls during the 2010 playoffs. Brutal.

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

    Doc made a point earlier about the dbl techs. Yes Perk complains a lot, but 4 out of the 6 techs he has are dbl techs. Thats him getting into it with another player, not the ref. Those should not count towards the suspension. Better still, do away with dbl techs and just give each guy a personal foul. Wouldn’t that hurt more in-game anyway?

  • http://www.stuffwhitepeoplelike.com Tarzan Cooper

    If boston is winning at the end of game 1, perk should go talk siht in kobes face or fishers, or hell even phil. Just get the tech ou of the way. That might work depending on when he would get suspended again. At 9 techs?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    What I’ve hated about this season and the Techs is that once a player has that reputation, it’s there and they get quick calls. There have been a ton of Technical Foul calls against Sheed and Perkins that were bogus and were eventually rescinded. The rescinded techs are the ones that really tee me off. Because they admit that it’s crap, but can’t give us back the shots, the ball, or, potentially, the player. Perk has a reputation, and he’ll pick up the tech at some point.

  • gayallah

    What a stupid system.. it punishes you for going further into the playoffs… there`s no way to get 7 tech`s in a a series if you get eliminated. So it punishes the winners. No one on La is hard enuff.ha!!!

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    I’m sure Gasol will flail his arms around in the air like he always does and Perk will pick up a ridiculous foul, which will then lead to a T.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Man, ejections are bad enough. Do players REALLY need to miss entire f*cking games because the refs suck?

  • hohmaygad

    If Perk tries to control when he’ll get the tech, like a game 1 Boston win, the league should wait until the worst possible time to suspend him…like game 5 with the series tied 2-2.

  • ab_40

    people are talking about the size and insede toughness of the lakers but is a duo of bynum/gasol or gasol/odom really that much bigger and tougher than howard/lewis and O’neal/Jamison? I think the celtics will win game 1 in los angeles. It all starts tonight