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Video Caption Contest: Doc Rivers forcefully calls a timeout

June 7, 2010 |  4:27 pm

The Celtics made the defensive stop they wanted, with Boston guard Rajon Rondo tipping Kobe Bryant's missed three-pointer to Ray Allen. It was just the kind of play that defined the Celtics' defensive presence and the Lakers' scoring drought in the fourth quarter, and it appeared Boston was well on its way to a Game 2 NBA Finals victory on Sunday at Staples Center.

That is until it became apparent that the Celtics might commit a turnover for failing to advance the ball past the timeline in eight seconds. That prompted Boston Coach Doc Rivers to call timeout, frantically waving down the officials as he stepped onto the court. It turned out to be a game-defining play in the Lakers' 103-94 Game 2 loss Sunday to Boston, as the Celtics responded to that timeout with a Kendrick Perkins layup extending Boston's lead to seven with 1:12 remaining.

"The guys got a kick out of that," Rivers said. "You know, it was funny, as big as that little moment was. I actually thought that the bigger moment was all the players were laughing at me and it allowed them to breathe a little bit, and I thought that helped us."

"He claimed that he's in shape, and when he ran out there we told him he looked like he wasn't in shape," Boston guard Ray Allen said. "You guys have got to give him a hard time about that. But he made it out there, so it definitely got us an extra possession."

The Lakers and their fans weren't amused. Rivers clearly stepped onto the court during the flow of play, causing Lakers Coach Phil Jackson and fans to wonder why Rivers wasn't given a technical foul.

"I don't know if you can do that or not," Jackson said. "I don't think that's legal to get on the floor. I think coaches have to stay on the sideline. They're not supposed to be on the floor. It's like he was shot out of a starter's block."

I would say it appeared Rivers looked as if he was trying to save a pedestrian from getting hit by a car. What's your comparison? The best comment will be featured in Tuesday's links post.

--Mark Medina

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