Thursday, June 3, 2010
Stern: Rivers has point in 'T' argument
By Chris Forsberg ESPNBoston.com
LOS ANGELES -- Before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, NBA commissioner David Stern said that Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers might have a case as he rails against double-technicals being included in the postseason limit of seven.
Celtics center Kendrick Perkins is on the threshold of a one-game suspension after accruing six technicals -- five of which are of the double-technical variety (two opposing players being called for technicals on the same play) -- and this with one technical call having been rescinded after Perkins was ejected from Game 5 against the Magic.
"I think [Rivers] has a worthy point that's worthy of consideration," said Stern. "We are where we are now, but I'd like to take a look at it between seasons. As much as I hate to agree with Doc, I think he actually has a point.
"But we are where we are, and thus far we haven't had anyone miss a playoff game by reaching the technical limit and hopefully our players will exercise the control that this rule is in there to cause them to exercise."
Rivers said Tuesday that he's beginning the Finals with the thought that he could lose Perkins at some point with a technical foul suspension.
"What's going to happen is there's going to be a double technical that Perk doesn't deserve and we're going to have to deal with it. It's unfair, but that's the way it is," Rivers said.
Rivers added that he doesn't fault NBA officials for calling double technical fouls. He just doesn't think they should lead to suspensions in the same way flagrant fouls do.
"I don't think you should be suspended for double technicals," Rivers said. "Obviously flagrants should absolutely. If you get seven flagrants, if you cuss the refs out seven times, then maybe. But double technicals, no. Because when two guys get tangled up, they never know who started it so they just call it on both."
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com. Background information from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne was used in this report.