Rivers: 'Worst technical foul I've ever had'


Rivers: 'Worst technical foul I've ever had'

MIAMI The Boston Celtics' 93-79 Game 1 loss to Miami was not determined by the way the game was officiated.

But it certainly didn't help the Celtics' cause.

Boston was whistled for a total of five technical fouls which accounted for just three additional points for the Heat.

But there was no mistaking that the calls certainly threw the C's off stride.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers was among the Celtics who were hit with a technical foul. Joining Rivers were his players Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. Boston was also hit with a pair of delay of game calls which is an automatic technical foul, as well as a defensive three-second call.

When asked about his technical and whether the other four were deserved, Rivers responded, "I know mine wasn't. I can tell you that much. 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 loved to earn it."

While none of the technicals were picked up in the fourth quarter, Rivers acknowledges that picking up technicals, regardless of what's going on at the time, simply cannot happen for the Celtics against a team like the Heat.

"We should never get them, anyway," Rivers said. "I told our guys that."

Allen's technical foul came in the second quarter when, after he was whistled for a foul, he did a hop and a skip towards the Celtics bench which moments later, resulted in official Danny Crawford whistling him for a technical foul.

Rivers picked his up later in the quarter from official Ed Malloy.

Technicals often serve as a sign of a team that's simply lacking the kind of focus and control of emotions needed.

"Everybody has to keep their composure," Rivers said. "Not just the players and the coaches."

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Jimmy Butler reportedly headed to Timberwolves in trade

Regardless of whether Celtics fans wanted to see Jimmy Butler come to Boston, they don’t have to worry about it anymore. 

ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report Chicago was nearing a deal with Minnesota, with the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson following up saying that a deal was agreed upon in principle.

The 30th pick in the 2011 draft, Butler had been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors in recent seasons. That can be put to bed for now. 

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

Celtics take Jayson Tatum at 3, could be closing in on Paul George trade

When all was said and done, the Celtics kept the third overall pick and selected Duke small forward Jayson Tatum. 

Tatum, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 204 pounds, averaged 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in his lone college season. 

Whether Tatum actually stays in Boston may not yet be certain, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported as the C’s were making the pick that the team has entered “serious talks” with the Pacers for Paul George. The veteran small forward can become a free agent after next season and is believed to be targeting the Lakers in free agency.

Wojnarowski clarified shortly after that an agreement had not yet been reached. 

As expected, the 76ers took Washington point guard Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Lakers took UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball second. The 76ers received the pick in a deal with Boston that was made official on Monday.