The NBA has fined Doc Rivers $25,000 for his public criticisms of officials after the Celtics' loss to the Knicks in Game 2. The official announcement came from the NBA's public relations private Twitter feed and was later reported by others.
The Celtics lost 87-71 to the Knicks on Tuesday night. After the game, Rivers said some of the early calls against forward Kevin Garnett were "horrendous." In an earlier ESPN report, Rivers preemptively defended his criticisms, indicating that he may have expected a fine:
"I didn't think I said much and that could be a problem," admitted Rivers. "Because all I basically said was, Kevin getting into foul trouble had a huge impact on the game. That's not criticizing officials. So I've just got to make sure I focus on our stuff."