Practice notes: Tech talk

BOSTON -- A collection of news and notes after the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers practiced Saturday at TD Garden in advance of Sunday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals:

The rundown (a quick look at practice headlines)

* Tech talk with Wallace, Perkins both one away from limit

* Allen excused from practice but participates anyway

* Loose balls: Pierce channels Keyshawn; Bynum ready to play


If it happens, it happens.

That's the mentality the Celtics are taking toward technical fouls as both starting center Kendrick Perkins and reserve forward Rasheed Wallace sit one away from the league's postseason limit of seven, which would trigger a one-game suspension.

Perkins has been one shy of the limit since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Magic, while Wallace caught up in Thursday's Game 4 of the Finals against the Lakers. At Saturday's practice, both players dismissed the idea that they'll change their approach at this point.

"I really haven't been thinking about it," said Perkins. "Once the game starts, it's been like, whatever is going to happen is going to happen. I'm still trying to play physical, but also play smart. But really the focus is on just trying to get the win. Just trying to focus on that game, that win, that night."

Wallace, who emerged from the locker room at the tail end of Saturday's media availability and before Boston's practice session, screened himself from reporters by standing behind the scorer's table and offered the Celtics' company line.

"If [the referees] want to call it, they want to call it," said Wallace. "And they're going to call it."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his team isn't going to spend too much time worrying about the situation.

"We're just going to play our game," said Rivers. "We're not going to worry about it. If it happens, it happens. I'm hoping, obviously, there is no Game 7, but if it happens, let's let it happen in Game 7, then we're fine. There's no other game they can get suspended [for]. It's really only two games they have to get through if you think about it, it's not three.

"Listen, I don't want them to be less emotional. I want them to play their games but also have some discipline. That's about all we can do."

Perkins said he was going to talk to Wallace about keeping his cool, but noted that Wallace has been up against the limit plenty of times before -- even if just in the regular season -- so he's sure he can reel it back in if need be. Perkins was asked if he might show Wallace the "spin and walk away" move that he's utilized at times in this series.

"He tried that and it didn't work for him either," Perkins said to laughter. Wallace got a fourth-quarter technical in Game 4 after reacting incredulously to a call against him (the second time that night he stomped away in disbelief).

Celtics captain Paul Pierce liked the idea of Perkins giving advice and stressed that Boston needs both players in order to win this series.

"Whatever works because we need both those guys," said Pierce. "Those technicals, they can hurt you if we lose either one of those guys. Whatever Kendrick does for 'Sheed, whatever 'Sheed does for Kendrick, I hope they realize we need these guys in there for all of them, and whatever they can do, I'm all for it.

"It's so hard to really control it from a person on the outside with these guys because emotion is a big part of the game. These guys are two of our most emotional players on the team. You've just got to keep it in their heads and keep it in their ears, 'Hey, we need you guys.' We don't need any more technicals from these guys because these are the biggest games of their lives right now. "


Celtics guard Ray Allen was given the option to skip Saturday's practice to attend to a family issue, according to the team, but participated anyway.

Allen reported to the TD Garden Saturday morning, but was told he could leave to tend to a family matter. He was absent from the media availability portion Saturday, but the team indicated he joined his teammates for the entire practice session.

Allen is expected to play in Game 5 of the Finals on Sunday.

Allen nearly missed Game 6 of the 2008 Finals after his young son, Walker, was originally diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Allen rushed from Staples Center after a Game 5 loss to be with his son, then flew home in time to lead the Celtics to a lopsided win in the series-clinching Game 6 triumph.

This season, Allen missed a practice session in late November after his son needed to be hospitalized, but rejoined the team for the start of a road trip in Miami.


* Pierce emerged from his pre-practice press conference and started hoisting jumpers while his teammates went through a less formal session on the Garden floor. When the clock struck 1:30 p.m., the time reporters' access was up, Pierce playfully hollered, "Finish up, we've got work to do!" He then summoned NBA spokesman Tim Frank for assistance but was informed that Boston's late arrival to the media session meant it would head into overtime.

* Asked moments earlier the best way to get him going, Pierce joked, "Just get me the ball, like Keyshawn Johnson." He forgot the "damn" for authority.

* Not surprisingly, Lakers center Andrew Bynum announced that, after having fluids drained from his troublesome right knee, he expects to play in Sunday's Game 5. Of course, the question is how much he'll be able to contribute for Los Angeles. Will it be on par with what he was able to give the team at the start of the series following an initial draining?

"I think we're still optimistic that he's going to give it a shot and see how he does," said Jackson, unaware Bynum was on the court declaring himself fit for game action at the same moment. "We have a day to work with him. He's had a day of therapy, and he can start getting some movement and maybe start activating himself tomorrow and get himself going."

Asked about the draining, Jackson said, "I think it's more of just trying to eliminate the swelling in a way in which, rather than the body dissipating it, to try and help it out. It's not totally unusual, I guess, in these situations."

* It's an exclusive group, but here's a glimpse into Phil Jackson's Book Club, with the 10-time championship-winning coach selecting books for his players during the season.

"I handpick the books for the players, so they're individually selected," explained Jackson. "Some players that are new on the team, I may give them a book about the offense or a book, something to do with our basketball team. But for players that I know, and I get to know players before I do that, I give them something that's -- information for them. Pau Gasol, I gave him a book about Barcelona, [an] adventure story about Barcelona. Kobe Bryant, I gave him a book about my home state, where I grew up in eastern Montana. Derek Fisher, I gave him, "Soul On Ice." It's a book that made a big difference to me when I was a young man growing up in the '70s and the late '60s. So a variety of books depending on who people are and what I think they might be interested in reading."