Stern weighs in

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Your friendly neighborhood commissioner peeked his head in at American Airlines Arena, partly to catch a game but also to continue to push his latest message to players and coaches: Shut up.

Some highlights:

On coaches working the refs:

“Every so often, you reach an inflection point and I just get the sense that coaches feel that they are not doing their job right unless they’re saying something that’s going to influence the referees for some additional call rather than just escalating the fines, I think it was a good idea that they stopped.”

On Doc Rivers in particular

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“Doc has tried to elevate it to an art form,” Stern said. “And although it may work a little bit, he may wrap it in some high-flown language, coaches who do that – when you have 30 coaches doing it – it sends a very bad message.”

On Rivers saying it’s a coach’s job to fight for players.

“It’s a coach’s job to comply with the rules, and within the rules, you do what you can. A coach always coaches up to the limit of – and maybe a little [more]. And some coaches are better than others at that.”

On the Celtics giving so much money in fines

“We’d rather actually forego the money.”

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