Wallace fined $35,000 … again


Rasheed Wallace was docked another $35,000 by the NBA for comments he made after Game 1 criticizing game officials. Wallace drew two fouls in two minutes in Game 1, and he said he knew officials were trying to bait him into a technical. “At times I know they’re out there baiting me like the other night in Game 1 with those two quick fouls,’’ Wallace said. “I know that certain referees were trying to bait me to get a tech. You could see it coming from a mile away. Like I say, I don’t like to be cheated. I can deal with a loss. I can deal with playing bad. I can deal with getting my [butt] busted. I just don’t like to be cheated. Bottom line.’’


Star treatment being his pet peeve, he also warned of the “Wade Factor” in the Celtics series against the Heat. “That’s one thing I always try to tell the guys,’’ Wallace said. “We also have to look out for the Wade factor. You know how that is, with the TV ratings and all this. Not taking away or saying that he’s not a good player, don’t get me wrong, but I mean, come on. You know what it is. It’s about the business game as opposed to the basketball game.’’

Fine money goes to charity, and in that sense, Wallace has been the most generous Celtic this season, donating a total of $100,000. For anyone wondering, the fine makes it $1,000 for every minute he’s played this postseason. Orlando’s Matt Barnes and Stan Van Gundy in on the fun, also throwing in $35,000 each this afternoon for taking digs at the refs.

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