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.