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Irish Coffee: Celtics, Heat, fouls, free throws & facts

Let’s take a page out of Doc Rivers [1]‘ book and tread lightly on this matter. Two nights after declaring his technical foul — one of five called on the Celtics [2] as a team — “the worst I’ve ever had,” the coach took umbrage with the officiating in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Heat once again.

“It is what it is,” he said in the aftermath of a stomach-punch, 115-111 overtime loss. “LeBron James [3] took 24 free throws tonight and our team took 29. Paul Pierce [4] fouled out of a game where he was attacking the basket.”

You can’t get fined if you stick with the facts. You can’t come across as blaming the referees if you shoot straight. At least that’s the hope. Here are 15 more facts about the Game 2 officiating.

This is not a conspiracy theory. If anything, the NBA would have wanted the Celtics to win Game 2. That’s the only way this series was going to go seven games. Alas, the C’s trail the Eastern Conference semifinals, 2-0, and teams that capture the first two games of a series win 94 percent of the time.

This exercise just illustrates how NBA referees are swayed by home crowds and superstars, and the Heat have home court advantage and the game’s two brightest stars. Those are the facts.

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