Doc Rivers is unhappy with Finals officiating

Kelly Dwyer

Speaking to the media Wednesday, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was clearly not happy with the way his team has been treated by the officials in the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. At least not in Game 3.

When asked to discuss how it was, exactly, that Laker guard Derek Fisher(notes) helped hold Ray Allen(notes) to 0-13 shooting in the Game 3 loss, Rivers seemed more than a little perturbed.

"Besides flopping," Rivers started, "he doesn't do a lot extra. He plays hard. He's been in the game long enough to understand. I thought he got away with a lot last night. I thought there was a lot of holding going on and a lot of flopping going on."

After pointing out the night before that he thought most of Allen's misses in Game 3 were "great looks," (downgraded to "good looks," on Wednesday) the Boston coach credited Fisher's alleged underhanded tactics with forcing the Boston All-Star into tough attempts at a field goal.

"As far as the off‑the‑ball action, single/double action, you are not allowed to hold," Rivers reminded the media. "You're not allowed to bump and you're not allowed to impede progress."

Rivers wasn't done, pointing out that he'd highlighted some iffy calls for the NBA to look at, following Game 3.

"I don't think the Lakers got called for any moving picks last night, which I thought that ..." Rivers paused.

"I don't send in a lot usually to the league. I sent in a lot this morning."

With this out of his system, and a possible fine from the NBA in place, Rivers backed off, ever so slightly.

"It is a very difficult game to call. I mean, at the end of the day we've got to play. I told our guys, ‘Listen, whether you like the calls, you didn't like the calls, we've got to play better at the end of the day. We've got to play smarter and we've got to play more disciplined.'"

And if they don't, well ... yell at the refs.