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Doc fined $25K for defending Perkins

WALTHAM – Celtics [1] coach Doc Rivers [2] said Wednesday he has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for suggesting that center Kendrick Perkins [3] has been targeted by officials for setting illegal screens.

Rivers made the comments on Monday, one day after the Celtics lost 121-118 in double overtime to the Bulls in Chicago.

The team is leaving this afternoon for Chicago following a brief film session at their Waltham training facility. Game 6 is Thursday night in Chicago, with the Celtics leading the best-of-seven series, 3-2. A win sends them into the second round to face either Orlando or Philadelphia.