Celtics coach Doc Rivers had an early night as he was ejected for consecutive technical fouls by official Steve Javie, who had enough of Doc jawing about the officiating in the Celtics’ 88-71 loss to Phoenix. The Celtics were whistled for eight first-quarter fouls against the Phoenix big men, and the Celtics trailed 42-25 with 4:33 left in the half at the time of the ejection. It was one of the Celtics’ worst performances of the season.
“I’m not sure,” Rivers said when asked about the ejection. “I didn’t earn it. So I think you have to ask Mr. Javie. He actually came into our huddle. We were standing there and he came up to us. I’ll tell you exactly what was said. He said, ‘You guys are complaining way too much.’ And I said, ‘Then make the right calls.’ His answer back was ‘I’ll make a call for you.’ That’s how I got the tech. After I got the tech, I didn’t have any choice words for him. I didn’t say a word. You know what I said? ‘It’s about the game, it’s not about one individual.’ That’s what I said over and over again.”
With 4:07 left in the fourth, Garnett followed Rivers when he was called for two technicals after he was whistled for a foul on Channing Frye following a 3-point shot. Replays showed Garnett tapped Frye in the midsection as he released the shot. Frye landed and barked at Garnett, who raised his hands in the “who me?” look. Garnett was whistled for a technical for his confrontation with Frye and another for a reason he didn’t seem sure about because he kept saying “Are you serious?” to Javie, who made the decision.
Garnett left the arena before the locker rooms were open and was not available for comment.
Guard Ray Allen said he is hit in the midsection releasing a 3-pointers “almost every night.”