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Coach Rivers fined $25,000 by NBA

3/19/2009 - NBA Boston Celtics

NEW YORK -- Boston coach Doc Rivers has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing a referee earlier in the week.

Rivers was penalized Thursday. He was irate following the Celtics' 127-121 loss at Chicago on Tuesday night, after he got whistled for his second technical foul in the final minute. That led to an automatic ejection and a rant against referee Bill Kennedy.

After John Salmons' basket gave the Bulls a 124-119 lead with 29.8 seconds left, the Celtics called a timeout and then Rivers got tossed.

The league also fined referee Kennedy an undisclosed amount.