Ainge's fine? Very un-Lucky
Asked if he was comparing Ainge to Lucky the Leprechaun, Rivers laughed and ran with it.
"I was wondering if he had worn Lucky's outfit, would he have gotten away with it," joked Rivers. "I was surprised."
Rivers admitted he couldn't help but laugh when he initially saw the replay of the incident, which featured Ainge tossing a white towel skyward attempting to distract Cleveland's J.J. Hickson as he shot the second of two free throws late in the third quarter with Boston on top by 23.
"I laughed because I know Danny," said Rivers. "Danny is as competitive as I've ever met in my life. They're making a run and you can see him getting into the game and he couldn't do anything about it. He felt like me when I'm sitting there on the sideline sometimes. It was just really funny to me.
"[The] $25,000 [fine], that's not funny. I guarantee you that. The joke's over now."
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