Somewhat lost in the euphoria/relief over last night’s win is that Rasheed Wallace has now accumulated six technical fouls in the post-season, meaning he joins Kendrick Perkins just one tech away from a one-game suspension.
The Celtics cannot afford to lose either of these guys at this stage. It’s the freaking NBA Finals, and it’s 2-2! Come on, guys. Perk has been great about avoiding his usual arm-in-arm entanglements and his typical exaggerated and angry withdrawals from said entanglements, but Sheed’s hysterical reaction to every foul called against leaves him at risk of a technical three or four times a game.
Doc Rivers believes Sheed’s last tech should be rescinded (via the Herald):
“I hope they rescind (Wallace’s) because I thought he did a dance, but he ran away,” Rivers said. “I didn’t think he said anything. The dance was funny, but I don’t know. I just wish they hadn’t given it to him. It’s a concern, and the Lakers know that.”
Sorry, but I don’t see it happening.
For better or worse, the league is probably more likely to rescind a borderline T if said T would lead to a suspension. And I’m not sure this one is borderline. Just because you run away from the officials instead of confronting them, it doesn’t give you license to take a lap around the court, nearly tripping over photographers, screaming and waving your arms like a crazy person. It creates a spectacle, one that is embarrassing for the league, Sheed and the officials.
My guess is that this one sticks.
Which means it will be up to Sheed to keep his cool for next two or three games.