The referee assignment for Game 6 of an Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks: Derrick Stafford, Bill Kennedy, and Eric Lewis.
Rivers and Kennedy landed in the headlines during the 2009 season after Kennedy gave Rivers the gate in a game against the Chicago Bulls. Rivers was fined $25,000 and Kennedy was also fined for the incident.
Said Rivers of Kennedy in a postgame rant: "The technical on which I got thrown out was the most unprofessional technical by a ref I've ever had. He stood there and goaded me and goaded me and stared at me. Look at the film. I actually walked away. He asked me, 'Where do you want the ball?' And I said, 'Ask them,' talking about my players. That's my right to say that, and he walked away... He stood there and stared me down and stared me down and goaded me until I turned around and said, 'What?' That's when I got thrown out of the game. In a [5-point] game? Think about that."