A dreary-eyed Glen Davis told reporters he got home at 1:45 a.m. following the Celtics’ loss to the Lakers in Game 3. Davis said he watched film until 4 a.m. When asked to describe what he saw in the film, Davis opened his press conference with an unprompted missive on the officials.
“The refs,” Davis said, pausing for several seconds to look at the smiles of reporters who knew where Davis was going with his answer. “They are some special people. They’re one of a kind, man. It’s hard to be them. I wouldn’t want to be them.”
Davis — unlike teammate Rasheed Wallace — is not known for criticizing officials through the media. But he is known for his drawn-out speech and for the glazed-over appearance of his eyes, regardless of what time he goes to sleep the night before. So it’s hard to tell how serious — if at all — Davis is when he makes comments like today’s.
“The decisions they have to make in a split second,” said Davis. “Like, ‘I don’t know, do you think it’s out?’ ‘Well I think it’s out.’ ‘I don’t know, it could be in.’ So then they decide on the play. There’s a lot of things in the game of basketball that you have to deal with, but the refs have to take it from everybody.”
Asked if he would rather have the job of an official, Davis said, “Oh no way. Nobody. They can have that. The game goes so many directions, so many ups and downs and turns. I just think they do a great job standing there and trying to make the right call at the right time. Sometimes it’s not going to go our way. Sometimes it’s going to go the other team’s way.”
The officials were noticeable in Game 3, the refs going to instant replay three times to determine possession after the ball had been knocked out of bounds. And as had been the case in the first two games of the series, a star player ended up in foul trouble. Tuesday night it was Paul Pierce, who picked up his fifth foul with 11:21 left in the game.
“As a player you have to adjust,” said Davis. “As a player you have to adjust to the refs. It’s tough when you kind of don’t have a rhythm because of that, but you have to. It’s just the way the game is.”
When asked if he expected to get more calls Tuesday night because the Celtics were at home, Davis said, “I don’t know. I think that’s what people think. The refs called the game like it’s supposed to be called. No favors, I don’t think. Other refs might like different players, but I don’t think they say, ‘I’ll make a call for Boston. I’ll make a call for the Lakers.'”
Celtics coach Doc Rivers certainly thought the officials were favoring the Lakers last night, calling out the referees for their treatment of Pierce.
“He’d play five minutes, have to go back down, four minutes, have to sit,” said Rivers. “I mean, he wasn’t allowed to play. They didn’t allow him to play tonight.”
There’s a controversy brewing as to whether or not Lakers coach Phil Jackson went to the league after Game 2 to complain about the way the game was called. Lakers star Kobe Bryant was saddled with foul trouble, picking up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter of that game.
Jackson was asked today if he had approached the league about the officiating in this series.
“No, I haven’t,” said Jackson. “To say that in respect, the league also elicits us to itemize things that we wish to be discussed or to be reviewed, be it like that play that happened with Rondo last night where he pulled Lamar’s hand off the ball. That would have been something we possibly would have sent in and said, ‘This happened on the play prior to that when Lamar was down at the offensive end of the court.’ Also, where he got the ball stripped and it went off him out of bounds and they all tumbled to the floor. That also was a situation which could have been a foul situation easily called, too, on that.
“So you know, those are things that they elicit our — if they’re continual things, which could be offensive screens that are moving picks, violations that aren’t being looked at or called, and we have lodged, I think, four consecutive for Games 1 and 2.”
Jackson was again asked if he specifically had talked to the league.
“I don’t even have anything to do with it,” he said. “Our film crew usually spots them and sets them up and they look at them from a different part of the organization than myself and send them in.”
Rivers was asked today about the perception that Jackson manipulates the system.
“I think he’s as good ‑‑ I think we’re all pretty good at it,” said Rivers. “But listen, I hope that if Phil Jackson says something the day before and it happens, I hope that has nothing to do with the officials, and I hope if I say — I just hope that it doesn’t. And I don’t think it does. But I think last night they did get — it’s funny, I thought they got away with more with all the moving screens. I didn’t think it was all our fouls. I just think it was a ton of moving screens they got away with.”