A big factor in the loss, was the ejection of Isaiah Thomas, who received two technical fouls back-to-back late in the fourth quarter. The quick hook, given by referee Tony Brothers, ruined Thomas' Celtics debut where he had an impressive 21 points in 25 minutes.
C's coach Brad Stevens was not impressed with Brothers' decision:
Stevens' stank eye makes me wonder if deep down he has a dark side. Like, is there a chance he goes home some nights and gets angry at his wife because she left a cabinet open? Maybe, just maybe, after the game Stevens was so livid that he loosened his tie in the locker room and cracked himself open a Miller Lite, instead of his usual ginger ale:
Brad Stevens said his drink of choice, aside from water, is ginger ale. "That's about it."
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) January 24, 2014
The Celts end their mini road trip in Phoenix on Monday night. I'm expecting the Celts' coach, on the second night of a back-to-back, to be a little tired and easily annoyed this evening at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. So to the officiating crew in tonight's game, Joe Crawford, Tony Brown, and Tre Maddox this is your warning!