Rivers fined 15K for slow exit following ejection

Rivers fined 15K for slow exit following ejection

By A. Sherrod Blakely

LOS ANGELES Following the Boston Celtics' loss at Phoenix, there was concern that Kevin Garnett might be hit with additional punishment after being ejected.

Instead, it was coach Doc Rivers who was hit with a 15,000 fine by the league for not leaving the court in a timely manner following his ejection in the second quarter of Friday's 88-71 loss to the Suns.

"I didn't leave on time," Rivers admitted prior to Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. "I kind of expected that additional fine."

But it's the kind of fine that's totally subjective, both in its nature and the way it's enforced.

When asked how long did coaches have to stay on the floor following an ejection, Rivers said, "We don't know actually."

He added, "That's probably something we all probably do need to address, or maybe we should run off the floor. I don't know what you do, but . . . it's a tough one."

Rivers also suggested that the league institute a 30-second clock following a coach getting tossed.

"When a coach gets thrown out of a game, they should start the clock, give you 30 seconds to vent," Rivers said. "That would be a lot of fun. The crowd would really get into that."

As for his fine, Rivers said it doesn't bother him at all.

"I have no problems with it," he said. "The low number fine amount tells you they didn't think it was anything awful. So I'm good with it."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas earns All-NBA team votes


Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas earns All-NBA team votes

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas was among the breakout performers in the NBA this past season, earning the Celtics guard his first All-Star appearance in the process. 

And when the league announced its three All-NBA teams on Thursday, Thomas was among the contingent of players receiving votes.
Thomas, who averaged a career-high 22.2 points per game this past season, received a total of 20 points which was more than perennial standouts Pau Gasol (16 points) of Chicago, Dirk Nowitzki (8 points) of Dallas and New York’s Carmelo Anthony (2 points).
Golden State’s Stephen Curry was a unanimous first-team selection as he was named to the first team on all 129 ballots submitted for a total of 645 points. Points for first, second and third team nominations were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis.
Joining Curry on the first team was LeBron James who was named to the first Team for the 10th time in his 13 NBA seasons; San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook.
The second team includes Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Golden State’s Draymond Green, Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

On the third team, there’s Paul George of Indiana, LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Andre Drummond of Detroit, Klay Thompson of Golden State and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry.