Rivers fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced on Thursday.

After Celtics center Kevin Garnett ran into foul trouble during Tuesday's Game 2 loss, earning two whistles in an 18-second span early in the first quarter, Rivers voiced his displeasure in his postgame news conference.

"I thought the fouls on Kevin were horrendous and had a huge effect on us," Rivers said.

Rivers hinted during a conference call on Wednesday that his words might have raised the league's antenna.

"I didn't think I said much and that could be a problem," Rivers said. "Because all I basically said was, Kevin getting into foul trouble had a huge impact on the game. That's not criticizing officials. So I've just got to make sure I focus on our stuff."

Rivers signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension with Boston after the 2010-11 season.

Garnett was fined $25,000 earlier this season for his role in a dust-up with the Brooklyn Nets, while Chris Wilcox earned a $25,000 for an obscene gesture on the JumboTron during a game in Philadelphia.