Post-game Reactions

Only Rasheed Wallace could draw a fine for complaining about officials before they had even done anything to complain about. 

Sheed is out $35,000 for two things: 1) Accusing the officials of trying to bait him into a technical, as if any baiting is necessary for that to happen; 2) Complaining about Dwyane Wade getting favorable treatment from the officials after Game 1, in which Wade, who averaged 9.1 free throw attempts per game this season, attempted 6 free throws. 

The comments about Wade, via ESPNBoston.com:

“That’s one thing I always try to tell the guys,” Wallace said. “We also have to look out for the Wade factor. You know how that is, with the TV ratings and all this. Not taking away or saying that he’s not a good player, don’t get me wrong, but I mean, come on. You know what it is. It’s about the business game as opposed to the basketball game.”

In other words: Sheed was doing some anticipatory complaining. 

Then Game 2 happened, the C’s won by 29 and Wade attempted 7 foul shots—two fewer than his season per game average. 

It’s hard to know whether the league fined Sheed for those comments or his theory that the officials were trying to bait him into a technical foul in Game 1. By the way: Sheed did not receive a technical foul in Game 1. But he did say this in the lead-up to Game 2:

“At times I know they’re out there baiting me like the other night in Game 1 with those two quick fouls,” said Wallace, according to the Boston Globe. “I know that certain referees were trying to bait me to get a tech. You could see it coming from a mile away. Like I say, I don’t like to be cheated. I can deal with a loss. I can deal with playing bad. I can deal with getting my [butt] busted. I just don’t like to be cheated. Bottom line.”

I have nothing more to add to any of this.

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  • Jason

    I’m actually on Sheed’s side here. It was Delaney who basically called all three quick fouls on Sheed, playoff bumps that everyone else gets away with. That a-hole was so transparent. I’m just so sick of complaining about the refs that I just didn’t bother bringing this up in earlier threads, but when it happened during the game it was SO obvious. The guy was after Sheed absolutely.

  • Mikey

    Mr. Lowe, any word on whether or not the NBA is going to review Sheed’s technical foul in game 2, and potentially take it away?

  • dont_drink_the_koolaid

    whats the reverse of superstar calls? thats what sheed deserves. BDL. CTC.

    also, if anyone has a right to complain about touch fouls its dwight howard. you’d think he’d get a little more room to work.

  • Cptn Bubbles

    I seriously will never understand how Dwight Howard is officiated. He fouls a lot. He is too aggressive trying to block everything instead of giving up a few shots here & there which are just going to lead to fouls (example: sometimes he is too late on the rotation & can’t recover ie running full speed into the shooter). Dwight gets away with a great deal once the fouls get to 4 or especially 5.

    Charlotte was making a big come back. Dwight was sitting because of foul trouble. Dwight reenters the game. The only 2 guys in the picture were Gerald Wallace skying for the rebound & Dwight coming in late. Gerald got the ball & Dwight hit Gerald in the head. Gerald grabs his head & Larry calls a time out. It was such an obvious foul! Sheed would have been called, no doubt. Dwight should have fouled out, but…….. There is a change in calls when some superstars get in foul trouble. They get away with a whole lot more. Sometimes, it really gets ridiculous.

  • Cptn Bubbles

    I do think Sheed gets some raw deals, but it feels like he has a paranoia when it comes to all refs. which just takes away from better concentration/effort in the actual game. He gets way to caught up in the refs. & spends valuable floor time & energy just arguing instead of playing.

    Is it evil to wish Sheed WOULD be suspended a game so Doc would be forced to put players who hustle & who are more into playing hard than drama out there on the floor ???

  • Dan

    @Cptn Bubbles: Of course Sheed gets a raw deal. He’s been an ass to the officials for the last decade. Should it matter? No. But obviously it does.

  • Jason

    Or … maybe the refs have been an ass to him for the last decade.

  • JP

    maybe the refs, and the the NBA should take notice, and get better officiating. Seems like a lot of people are getting fined for criticizing the refs, I think there is something to it.

  • K-Town

    2nd Post Ever
    The Truth of Sheed.

    I was and still am a huge advocate of Sheed coming to beantown. I’lll admit this, he failed the regular season but truth be told so has everybody on this roster. We underachieved w/ our roster. We blame him because we expected him to keep us in elite contention during the regular season.

    Fastforward to the Playoffs.
    Sheed’s effort has increased incredibly. We know he is a nutcase but so is KG sometimes. Tell you what, Sheed is going to be the determining factor whether we oust Cleveland or not. I know we all hate laziness but Sheed should be willing to shine come crunch time. Let’s not make our FINAL judgment until he loses us a playoff game 09TA Style.

    K-Town, the basketball oracle.

  • still enjoying #17

    sheed is an ass….he deserves it.

  • What More Can I Say?

    Just the take the mic away from that idiot. Did anyone read David Stern’s comments? I was impressed by what he had to say. That guy has some balls and I wasn’t mad at 1 thing he said about ALL the suckas with loose lips (Phil Jackson, Stan Van Gundy).

    He even got in the hot tub time machine to throw a jab at Pat Riley!

  • Ray Leighton

    Sheed may be getting punished, but…. Charles Barkley had an excellent comment about how some players get picked on. Charles pointed out that the Refs are human. It’s unrealistic to expect that a guy is going to stand there and take verbal abuse from someone over and over again, season after season, and not start looking for ways to punish the offender. And as Charles said, if you can’t figure that out, and you keep opening your mouth, then you must be pretty stupid, and you are hurting your team for nothing.

    Of course, the other argument could be that by complaining in advance, Sheed forced the refs to prove that he was wrong and not give DWade any bs calls….

    At this point, I think that the best thing that Sheed could do for us is during the Cleveland series — Sheed could do a Maurice Lucas impersonation on Varejao and knock that sob into the stands the first time he pulls his tripping routine on a Celtic. Sheed would get suspended but it would be worth it to put some fear into dirty players like Varejao.

  • DRJ1

    Sheed gets a raw deal from the refs.
    Fans get a raw deal from the refs.
    We fans have gotten a raw deal from Sheed.
    The team has gotten a raw deal from Sheed.
    The team also suffers when Sheed gets his rawest deals from the refs, so the team gets a double raw deal.

    Everybody suffers… except the refs. Who should suffer the most, because they suck the most. It’s no excuse that “they’re human”. Duh… thanks, Chuck… more words of ill-wisdom from you.

    Bottom line is that Sheed has just a few more games to show that he’s stepping up. He hasn’t done it yet, though he’s clearly not AS bad as he was. But time is running out, and if he fails in these playoffs, he will be in the doghouse permanently.

    If he succeeds, we’ll be happy twice over. Once because he could help us win the ring. Twice – because a good performance will allow Danny to at least try to move him outta here in the summer. After the last Cavs game, there is no going back… he’s got to go.

  • Jrmz

    Sheed is a tough guy. Mentally tough is what he is. After all, he said, “I can deal with playing bad.” Therefore hes been having to deal with this all season long. If he can deal with something as bad as playing bad for the entire season, then this guy should be able to handle some quick fouls. After all, God forbid we wouldn’t want him to not play badly on court.

  • CG

    The tech Sheed got in G2 was extremely weak. My first reaction was that it would get rescinded. My second reaction was that it would get rescinded for anybody but Rasheed. I think it was unwarranted, based on what he actually did, but, as many have noted, Rasheed has worked hard on earning that T, and others like it, over the past decade.

  • Here’s an idea Sheed. How about, for a change of pace going out and taking your anger out on the opposition rather then trying to attract attention to yourself like you usually do. Anyone here remember 1 time this season that posts relating to Sheed on this board had anything to do with a good performance on the court? I think that as the playoffs move along we should all expect that Rasheed will continue with this as he realizes that he is essentially a non-factor as far as the C’s title chances.In other words Sheed-shut your Fu****g mouth and do something for your team.

  • Ron Flanders

    All I can say here is that Sheed has brought this on himself. Hey, Sheed, “Cut the check.” Pay the $35,000 and focus on sending Dwayne Wade to the Bahamas.

    The Sheed signing has been an abject failure. But winning only 50 games means nothing. It’s the playoffs upon which he and the Celtics will be judged.

    He hasn’t done crap yet…but if he helps us win the big one, I’ll buy his jersey.

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  • Chris O

    To be honest I like this from Sheed. As others have said this makes the refs have to prove him wrong. Its like how Phil Jackson tried to dig into Durant before the series even started. its gamesmanship and yet truth at once.

    Sheed and other players (such as Perk) do get crap calls from the refs. It is because refs are human but refs should be remaining as impartial as possible. I don’t really think they do.

    I played in a league once where the same ref called everything on me, to the point where I did mouth off…and u know what he took it personal. After that he called even more on me and I hated the games he refs. It should not be like that in the NBA….you local mens league maybe…but not the NBA.

    BTW to the person (don’t drink the koolaid) that said Dwight Howard should complain about touch fouls, that dude straight cement bodies dudes to the ground and gets away with it. I think he has given Pierce some brain damage over the last few years without a foul call.