Brad Stevens and Gerald Wallace both got to make an early exit on Saturday, when they got tossed in a mad flurry of technical fouls late in a defeat to the Sacramento Kings.
Still, the Boston Celtics coach and most senior player appeared to keep their cool, for the most part, throughout. Neither Stevens nor Wallace ever grew as animated as Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who tiptoed the line of ejection a number of times. Afterward, Wallace even managed some dry humor over getting tossed.
First, take a look at the events unfolding before referee Marc Davis gave Stevens and Wallace the boot, in the video below.
If Stevens and Wallace’s reactions look rather innocent, here’s what sideline reporter Abby Chin heard while sitting nearby.
.@joshbNECN All he said was, "You could have thrown Cousins out all quarter!" No expletives. Nothing else.—
Abby Chin (@tvabby) February 23, 2014
Wallace, who was more visibly upset with the officiating during the game than Stevens was, offered his assessment of his own ejection.
Wallace on why he was ejected: "I don't know. I think he (Marc Davis) was frustrated because I was right and he was wrong."—
Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) February 23, 2014
Then Wallace offered this bit of encouragement to his rookie head coach.
Gerald Wallace on brad getting tossed: "I'm happy for him. Welcome to the NBA."—
Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 23, 2014
So, there you go. That’s probably far from the full story, but it’s what we have. Given Stevens’ reluctance to expand on the first early exit of his career, that’s probably the version we’re going to have to go with.
At the very least, however, Celtics fans have another item to add to the list of reasons they don’t like Davis. It’s almost like he was put here to keep everyone in Boston on their toes.