MIAMI — Celtics coach Doc Rivers had an issue with the two fouls that led to Paul Pierce’s technical fouls and eventual ejection tonight. Pierce was grabbed by James Jones at the 7:59 mark in the fourth quarter and went after Jones, drawing a technical foul. A minute later, Dwyane Wade shoved Pierce as he was setting a screen on the baseline, and both players received technicals after there was some talking back and forth.
“I thought [the foul by] James Jones was a clear flagrant,” said Rivers. “He just went to the head and grabbed. I thought Dwyane Wade’s was an absolute flagrant. He had no intentions and he was just trying to run through Paul. I told Paul you just don’t react. I thought as a whole we were the retaliating team tonight. We were never the first hit team. I really thought both were absolutely flagrant fouls that should have been called.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had his take on the fouls.
“I’m sure it will be reviewed by the league,” said Spoelstra. “[Jones] just got caught in the air. That play happens all the time.”
Rivers said he expected Miami to be physical, but he didn’t describe tonight’s game as such.
“You knew it was coming,” said Rivers. “All they did was talk about being physical. To me that is not being physical, that is being chippy.”