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"It's going to happen. I hope it doesn't, but you know it's going to happen," Rivers said before the Celtics practiced on Tuesday at UCLA. "Perk is physical; the Lakers are saying they want to be physical now. So the refs are going to react to that."

At Monday's Lakers practice, coach Phil Jackson had addressed the issue.

"Those things I think should be wiped out -- flagrant fouls, technical fouls," Jackson said. "It just means the longer you've been in the playoffs, the more penalized you are. It seems like that's not a really good code right now."

He added that the Lakers weren't as physical as the Celtics. "I mean, that's not our kind of team," he said. "We don't go out there to smack people around. We're a more resilient ballclub. We try to stay strong and play hard. But we're going to have to withstand some of that."

"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.
I actually agree with both Doc and Phil (well at least about the teachnicals rule). The amount of playoff technicals resulting in a suspension should increase each round, or better yet, shouldn't even exist. It's not like Perkins is fighting people or even throwing Dwight Howard elbows. Like Doc said, he's getting involved with all these double technicals that refs just call instead of telling players to calm down.

I REALLY hope that Perk doesn't get suspended any game in the Finals. If he does and let's say the Celtics lose the series 4-3 I will be extremely pissed. This is why I thought that the NBA's poor attempt to save face in the aftermath of the pathetic game 5 Eastern Conference Finals performance by Eddie F. Rush and Joey Crawford was a huge deal. BOTH technicals should have been rescinded. Then we wouldn't have to worry about Josh Powell or DJ Mbenga getting tied up with Perk on purpose and the Celtics losing their defensive anchor for a game in the NBA Finals.

JR 6/02/2010 12:47:00 AM Edit
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  1. rondo-is-love says:

    I would actually have to disagree about the technicals and flagrants points not existing at all. I think that double techs that are used simply for refs to "control the game" shouldn't count against the points because it's a stupid thing to begin with, but not the technicals that were well deserved in the first place. I mean, double techs get called when actual fights/arguments occur as well, and if the points weren't counted toward a suspension, techs would essentially become meaningless to players, thus they simply wouldn't care about building them up.

    Same goes for flagrant points. If flagrants became meaningless to players, I can't imagine what Mr. "Unaware"-of-his-elbows Howard would do every game.

    I think it might be okay to maybe set the rule for like 5 or 6 techs per playoff series before a suspension. Allowing 7 techs per series is too much because they could still get one tech every game during a series.

  2. thirstyboots18 says:

    I agree. I was very upset when both techs were not rescinded. I also thought a public reprimand was in order, for the "flagrant" insinuation of unwaranted referee power into the game.

  3. thirstyboots18 says:

    (I meant game 5 of the Orlando series, of course...

  4. bostonlou says:

    maybe if Perk acted like a man and not a whiny little girl?

    it's amazing that he hasn't learned to ignore the refs

  5. Anonymous says:

    If they were gonna "T" someone up for not acting like a man and whining about every little call....which I totally disagree with. They need to be called ALL across the board, for ALL players, and ALL teams. Perkins did nothing to deserve either of those techs in Game 5....the Cavs and Magic were every call that DID not go their way. Especially Elbow me Howard. I agree T's and flagrants should be per series. Both of those should of been rescinded.

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