Stevens earns first NBA tech, ejection
February, 23, 2014
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
CSNNE ScreenshotReferee Marc Davis ejects Celtics coach Brad Stevens from Saturday's game.Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who went his first 56 NBA games without a technical foul, got his money's worth for his first.
Stevens appeared to calmly remark on the officiating in the final minute of Saturday's 105-98 loss to the Sacramento Kings and was ejected with 35 seconds to play.
Both Stevens and Gerald Wallace got tossed in that final minute. After Wallace got the gate, Stevens calmly put the cap on his marker, put down his clipboard, and said something to referee Marc Davis, who immediately delivered the technical and ejection.
Stevens left the court promptly, but not before first motioning to Kings coach Mike Malone to congratulate him on the win.
Stevens later told reporters that this was his first ejection at any level of coaching (though he did earn technicals at Butler). He would not elaborate on what he said to Davis.
Asked about Stevens' first technical and ejection, Gerald Wallace told reporters, "I'm happy for him. Welcome to the NBA."
The Celtics and Kings engaged in a physical game that saw Kris Humphries and DeMarcus Cousins earn double technicals late in the first half, though that did little to take the edge off the game. Cousins played part of the fourth quarter with five fouls and seemed to come close to earning a second technical for barking at officials in the final frame.