Good, Bad, Ugly: Stevens gets the boot

Good, Bad, Ugly: Stevens gets the boot
February 23, 2014, 1:45 am
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SACRAMENTO – You talk to any of the Boston Celtics players and they'll tell you head coach Brad Stevens is about as level-headed a coach as you'll come across.

So you can imagine their surprise to see Stevens getting ejected in the closing seconds of Saturday's 105-98 loss to the Kings.

The ejection came with 35.7 seconds to play, moments after the same official that tossed Stevens - Marc Davis - also tossed Gerald Wallace.

At the time of their ejection, the Celtics were trailing 101-94.

Stevens, who had never been whistled for a technical foul since becoming the Celtics' head coach, had little to say on the matter following the game.

"The bottom line is ... I just avoid talking about it; it's probably best," said Stevens who added that he had received a few technicals at Butler but was never ejected from a game.

"I was pretty shocked," said Wallace who added, "It was surprising. I'm happy for him. Welcome to the NBA."

And with that, here's the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from yet another Celtics loss. 

The Good

Kris Humphries

While Humphries' 13 points and four rebounds may not seem like that much, consider the job he did defensively against DeMarcus Cousin who is a 20-point, 10-plus rebound kind of player who on Saturday had just 10 points and four rebounds. 

The Bad

Official Marc Davis

There wasn't any bigger topic of discussion after the game than the role that official Marc Davis played in it. While there were a handful of questionable calls and no-calls, none loomed any larger than the call Davis made with just under seven minutes to play in which DeMarcus Cousins delivered a two-handed shove to Humphries, directly in front of Davis who on that play called a foul on Humphries.

The Ugly

Calls aside, the Celtics were far too often their own worst enemy especially from the free throw line. Boston shot 66.7 percent (24-for-36) from the line. This team doesn't have the talent or depth to not cash in on easy opportunities to score which is a fact they continue to keep proving.