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Flip Flopping Crazy: Doc is in a foul mood about Game 2 officiating

Jay April 24, 2013 Celtics News, Doc Rivers 14 Comments

Let’s be clear about this right off the top: By no means am I citing the officiating as the main reason as to why the Celtics lost Game 2 to the Knicks.

Did it hurt the game plan when KG got into early foul trouble in the first and second quarters?  Without a doubt.

But that is when the Celtics actually played their best and had their leads during the game.  They lost that game all on their own in the second half, actually trumping their historically abysmal Game 1 second half performance.

Clearly it didn’t help, as Doc pointed out:

Specifically, Rivers was angry at the foul calls against Kevin Garnett, who scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds but was saddled with foul trouble from the start. He picked up two fouls in the first quarter and ended up playing 24 minutes.

“Listen, I thought the fouls on Kevin, first of all they were horrendous,” Rivers said after the Celtics fell in to a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven series that shifts to Boston for Game 3 Friday.

“And secondly, I thought they had a huge effect on us,” Rivers continued. “Kevin had three fouls that . . . I was . . . I mean, him not being on the floor, playing 24 minutes and never getting your rhythm, where you could see, it looked like he was going to have a game, it hurt us.

“That’s just the way it goes. There’s nothing I can do about it now. I thought if it could’ve gone either way on three of those, they all went against Kevin. I think that’s tough.”

Garnett was a key part of the Celtics’ plans coming into the game. They wanted to establish him early, unlike in Game 1. Garnett did make the Celtics’ first shot, but he picked up two quick fouls and had three by halftime.

He picked up another foul in the third quarter, after which he slammed the ball to the court several times out of frustration.

“At times, it’s frustrating, but fouls are part of the game,” Garnett said. “Refs are calling things but it’s an aggressive time in postseason play. I just have to be consistent and position myself not to foul so much.”

Doc is a smart guy and there are two things going on here:

1) he’s complaining publicly so his players don’t

2) he’s setting the stage for Game 3 in Boston.

Now, what he said was true and I’d be shocked if the whistles don’t go the C’s way at home on Friday night.  The Knicks and Celtics actually were relatively even in both fouls (BOS -20, NYK – 17) and FTA’s (BOS – 18, NYK – 22).  The Knicks dominated the Celtics in so many aspects last night, including flopping.  We know Doc wasn’t happy with the officiating so when he watches the film and sees some of these gems, he might even chuckle a bit.  Well, actually he probably won’t.  Can’t imagine Doc is smiling about much right now:

Photo credit: Jim Davis/Boston Globe

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  • vitamin d

    I can’t stand the Knicks, or their fans.

    • tvor03

      I wanted to win so bad last night, and a lot of it had to with wanting to see that one fan in stands wearing a jersey, a knit hat, and a tiger-striped scarf cry. Guy looked like such a douche.

  • Bleedgreen.

    Man the amount of flopping done by the Knicks. Heat. Spurs. And clippers is too dam high

  • Step

    Now I’m infuriated after watching that…yeah the C’s didn’t help themselves AT ALL and lost this game themselves, but that is some serious flopping.

  • http://twitter.com/pana1bk oneal small

    “The Knicks dominated the Celtics in so many aspects last night, including flopping” YOUR AN IDIOT..

    • eddysamson

      You’re.

  • Red’s Cigar

    Serenity now.

  • ShawnCVD

    The worse one was end of 2nd quarter when Pierce had inside position on Melo and was called for a loose ball foul. Not an example of fllopping though…

    • Ulf

      Game 1 we had bad calls going both ways, this time around we were on the losing end I’m afraid… That being said, just like in game 1 we ended up beating ourselves with bad defense, some poor decision making and inability to make shots when we really needed a bucket.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jake.gruber.7 Jake Gruber

    What’s the point in us talking about the officiating? As big of a celtics fan as I am and usually biased, I didn’t even really notice it. It was so overshadowed by the celtics horrendous offense and lack of mental toughness.

  • tvor03

    That one by prigioni had me screaming at my tv. the guy is a true progeny of Ginobli.

  • KGino

    No one is blaming this series on the refs, the celts have made their beds so far. It just sucks that officiating has to be the way it is… It certainly doomed us last year.

  • AboveTheRim

    Dude, you can’t cite the box score fouls and argue that the calls are even. That’s the Refs’ trick. To make it appear evenly called.
    There’s a HUGE difference between a ticky tack foul on Green, Pierce or KG (whistled when going straight up) when Melo jumps into them, putting him on the line and then the Refs “make it up” on the other end by calling an off the ball foul on Prigioni or KMart coming off their bench. Celtics’ key defenders are in foul trouble, Knicks shoot free throws and you call off the ball fouls on the Knicks’ bench players to “even” the numbers in the box score.
    It kills Celtics’ momentum. Demoralizes what is good defense when Melo gets bailed out. It hampers their physicality on D when key guys are in foul trouble and you’re awarding freebies to Melo when he’s out of control.
    You cite the box score foul totals and you’re a sucker for the League’s bullshit officiating.

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