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Paul Pierce Comments On Game 1 Ejection

 

The Celtics wrapped up practice this afternoon over at the University of Miami, and Paul Pierce spoke with the media prior to the session about the circumstances surrounding his ejection from Game 1. Chris Forsberg from ESPNBoston.com was on the scene as always, and provides us with some video and comments from the C’s captain.

Here’s a transcript of some of Pierce’s remarks via Boston.com

On the plays: “I probably overreacted,” said Pierce. “I thought I was fouled excessively on both plays, actually. I thought it should have been a flagrant on both of the plays. But it’s up to me to keep my composure. The referees called what they saw. I need to do a better job keeping my composure. That’s it.”

“We’ve got to do a better job keeping our composure,” he said. “End of story, truthfully. Basically it was me not keeping my composure, so what they said. I don’t think nobody here as ever seen me lose my composure. Not what I consider losing my composure. Within the rules of the game, I have to do a better job.

On his emotions: “I was more disappointed letting my teammates down. You put yourself in a situation you can control, and it hurts your team, that’s what I was most upset about. I can’t do that. I’m too important to this team.”

On What Referee Ed Malloy Told Him:
“I didn’t get an explanation,” said Pierce. “I was surprised at getting kicked out, yeah I was. I didn’t think what I did warranted ejection. Sometimes players get caught in the hype of the games. Sometimes the refs do too.”

On a potential Game 2 Suspension:
“Yeah it’s always a concern when things happen,” said Pierce. “Right now it’s out of my control. They’re going to view it the way they’re going to view it. It was selfish of me last night. But it would hurt even more if [a head-butt] is what they saw.

  • Batman

    I don't even get how the Refs noticed. It was literally a little bump like the bumps that ALWAYS happen when guys drive

    • lakershater13

      How many flagrant fouls could they give guys when Allen is bumped running off screens based on that call?

      • James Patrick

        HAHAHA, c'mon. that wasn't a slight elbow. J.O. knew what he was doing, he just got caught. But what Wade did to Paul was like 10 times worse!

        All I want is for the damn refs to call it the same both ways. If that can happen, our C's will take care of the rest. And as rusty as we were yesterday, we still could've won that game had the refs made better calls.

  • Mike

    From an ethic point of view look at the nba these days. If this had happened in the La-Hornets series what would be the response? NBA owns the Hornets, they own CP3 and decide on trades etc. concerning that team. Ethically its messed up. And leads up to the refs. Let one team beat the other. We were in the middle of a run, maybe we don't win or maybe we do win. Now look at the mess…
    There's a good read over here http://www.nesn.com/2011/05/paul-pierces-ejection… .

  • MikeD

    I can't believe there isn't more coverage on this besides on Boston blogs. The NBA should be ashamed. They should come out, admit that they made mistakes. They should upgrade both Wade and Jones' fouls to flagrant and downgrade JO's to not flagrant. None of the ESPN writers are even covering any of this. Can you imagine if those kind of calls went against Miami or the Lakers? There would writers all over crying foul. This is seriously an outrage. The NBA isn't even going to address any of this? Is that a joke?

    • lakershater13

      Towards the end of the Hornets and Lakers game 5 Kobe hit a guy across the face and neck and it was upgraded to a flagrant two days later. The stupid part about that is that the Hornets did not get an extra possession(Not that it would matter in LA where they didn't get fair calls and they were outmatched). I don't think the league will come out and admit they blew three calls. They might downgrade JO and upgrade Jones but they wont upgrade both Jones and Wade. Even if at the bare minimum they only downgrade JO. Think of how huge that is during the game. No 5 point play in the middle of a run in the 3rd quarter.

    • talesofJP

      don't really think Wade's foul was flagrant either to be honest. Jones probably was. This swung the game in my opinion. Miami has a tough time closing out close games, if we have our best offensive player for the last 7 minutes, doesn't that make it close/conceivable that we could pull this one out? Ridiculous. THe NBA wants the Heat in the Finals because it is best for the NBA

  • Mike

    Now they rescind JO's flagrant and upgrade jones to flagrant. A five point swing in the final minutes of a game…whatever….helps a lot now….. oh and of course ''mr-I'm-so-though-I-hide-behind-refs'' wade gets no upgrade no tech. nothing…. pathetic!

  • kehntangibles

    The thing is that aggressive and atheltic teams tend to get rewarded by refs. And superstars do tend to get the benefit of the doubt on the calls, so it's a double nightmare when you are playing against basically two LeBrons whose game is predicated on driving and initiating the contact. I wouldn't say it's the reason why you lost – KG not going inside and Rondo/Pierce quiet first halves were the main culprits. Still, yeah – the refs screwed you guys (and this is a Laker fan saying this), even if it was mostly adding insult to injury.

    Having said all that, I still think the onus is on Miami to build up an insurmountable series lead, because as the series goes on I expect your coaching staff to make the adjustments whereas Miami's likely will not. The one caveat I would add – and trust me on this as a Laker fan – don't hang your hat on anything involving the words 'Shaq' and 'physical conditioning' :p

    See you in June.

    • Zee

      Celtics are superstars as well… More TV time than any other team during the regular season…

      • Batman

        I think the heat had more TV time

  • jermaine

    you guys keep on saying a lot of rubbish things. if you feel that you are that good why dont you take a stand .. go to the NBA office and voice your skirmish file … complaint to the defense sec LOL.. or better yet if you think you Geniuses are capable of doing a better job than those refs .. volunteer yourself … besides the game is already finish but it seems youre whining is far from over … scream your tounge out .. nothings gonna change its already finish get over it …

    • Batman

      Jermaine O Neal get back to practice!

    • Seanthoughtwhat

      I'm only commenting on this because I read "geniuses" as "Guinesses"… that is all.

      Well, almost all. I agree with the idea of "aw shucks wish this was perfectly reffed" and moving on. Getting angry online is not good enough to change anything.

      • jermaine

        yo mate.. he he .. had the trouble about "geniuses" and "Guinesses" .. dont know if i had it right but i do hope the message was sent out lout and clear … no reason to whine over spilled milk … just show support and hope " C's " will roll and bounce back

  • jermaine

    you guys keep on saying a lot of rubbish things. if you feel that you are that good why dont you take a stand .. go to the NBA office and voice your skirmish …. file a complaint to the defense sec LOL.. or better yet if you think you Geniuses are capable of doing a better job than those refs .. volunteer yourself … besides the game is already finish but it seems youre whining is far from over … scream your tounge out .. nothings gonna change its already finish get over it …

    • I_Love_Green

      I've already done that.

  • I_Love_Green

    JO's foul downgraded to a personal, and Jones' upgraded to flagrant 1. I love it.

    Never change NBA refs!

    • someguyinsac

      How about they change by getting it right the first time and not the next day? ;)

      • I_Love_Green

        Exactly!

        • someguyinsac

          You know that might be asking way too much, right?

  • I_Love_Green

    I just got a crazy thought…. lets give some of Jeff Green's minutes to Von Wafer!

    Von can be that spark off the bench, who gives us offense when we stall, and he plays pretty good defense. In our 3rd game against the Heat this year he played a big part in defending Lebron, (did a good job too) and giving us some offense. The guy can hit threes, get into the paint, and most importantly give us ENERGY!!!

    Everyone keeps talking about how bad the bench is. Well if you look at them last year, Nate/Baby/Sheed/Tony they all brought ENERGY!!! This year none of them bring anything to the game, no energy, and they don't seem that into the game. Glen Davis is just sad to watch now because he was really good for us in the playoffs last year. When Shaq comes back he'll definitely provide a boost to the bench, but one guy who's ready to play needs to get minutes. Von Wafer!!!

    • someguyinsac

      Not that crazy a thought and if the trend for Green stays the same it would be worth a try in Game 3.

      • I_Love_Green

        The change should begin in game 2. Just try it out for about 8 minutes to see how he plays. Get the rust off of him, and then game 3 give him like 15 minutes.

        • someguyinsac

          That would work for me, let's let Doc know how we feel.

    • jeffery6803

      i would actually like to see bradley get some time as well one thing you know he is going to bring is athleticism and a willingness to attack and bring his energy for all the negative talk about shaq he also plays the game with a youthful exuberance BBD should not be in the rotation i`ve said it before he does not play smart and he woe is me attitude actually helps drain his teams energy not add to it antoin walker was the same way with all his whining and making faces for all the credit Doc and ainge receive you have to review their record with some scorn ainge for some questionable personnel decisions and Doc for his over loyalty to some of his bench players like BBD and refusal to play and develop young players look how that worked out for the pacers avery with the opportunity to play and develop could have been huge this series and TA might have stayed if he was getting more time

  • Batman

    Let's talk about how totes awesome the Hawks are lmao
    If they beat the Bulls……lol

    • hdavenport

      There's no such thing as a circus shot for Jamal Crawford.

      • Batman

        He's mastered the 4-point shot faster than Antoine Walker did

  • someguyinsac

    As a temporary Atlanta fan, Go Hawks!

    • Batman

      I love how teams try to make the opposing team take bad shots…..but there r no bad shots for the Hawks

  • stephen

    So good of the league to review and correct some of those horrible calls.How about Stern growing some balls and actually do something about these incompetent assholes. I know==wishful thinking. Some food for thought — Had the C's won the game I guarantee you that Stern would have taken longer looks at the so-called Pierce headbutt and would have suspended him for game 2—I guarantee it——-But,the HEAT WON –therefore everything is right in David Stern's world.

  • James Patrick

    The Bulls are done. They're too young. We just take care of our business in Miami, all will be well.

    • Zee

      Exactly. They're good, but certainly overrated.

    • Batman

      Don't count them out just yet though
      Rose is still MVP, he might pull them through

  • Janos

    is good youtube Bryan. Hawk win make game 2 more must win for Boston. Janos wear his green pyjama pant tonight. Have 18 pair, is good luck no?

  • Devang Dugar

    Of course the Heat are going to win.
    What gets the Playoffs more TRPs and attendance than the Bulls vs Heat or probably(hopefully NOT) the Heat vs. Lakers!?
    David Stern wants that, and of course, many thanks to the refs, that's what is going to happen.
    + I hate it when these refs go on their weird power trips.

  • lakershater13

    Funny joke just came out on espn. Heat want fans to sing national anthem. They cannot even sell out games in Miami and the fans that are there don't even have visas to be in this county. They are all Cuban and Dominican illegals.

    • stephen

      Which would pretty much make them the intellectual equal of most Laker fans !!!!!

      • lakershater13

        Excellent!

  • James Patrick

    LAKERS LOSE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I had all these idiot lakers fans saying yesterday, "well i guess we know we're playing the heat" we'll laker nation, i guess we know we're playing the mavs! hahahahahaha

    • stephen

      Idiots—–Laker fans? I wasn't aware that there was any other kind !!!!!

  • Jon

    I think that the week off before this series started left the starters too anxious and hungry. Rondo knows he has a mismatch with bibby but he came out a little too aggressive and Paul was dribbling the ball off his foot mutiple times. I think our big 4 didn't play particularly well and we still was putting ourselves in a position to possibly win. I think Game 2 will be alot different with execution and Miami bench is suspect James Jones stepped up but he also disappeared after he hit those shots. I don't think someone from the bench wont score over maybe 15 tonight and we will win. Lebron and Wade can't do it by themselves. Bosh is negated by KG's defense.

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