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Wallace still having technical difficulties

By Gary Washburn
Globe Staff / December 2, 2009

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rasheed Wallace has eight technical fouls in 18 games, which would equate to 36 over a full season. That number is astronomical, of course, especially since the NBA suspends players one game for each technical after the 16th.

Wallace has a career high of 41 in 2000-01 with Portland, and he collected 19 last season with Detroit. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said his mercurial forward is going to have to reduce his propensity for technicals.

Wallace picked up his third in three games in the second quarter of last night’s 108-90 win over the Bobcats. After being replaced by Kendrick Perkins, Wallace walked by official Derek Richardson, whispered some words, and received a technical before reaching the bench.

He appeared to still be upset about being called for a foul on Flip Murray about a minute earlier.

“I’m concerned, but there’s nothing I am going to do about it, I’ll tell you that,’’ said Rivers. “I could talk to him until I’m blue.

“Clearly, it’s going to come to that number and he’s going to get suspended and we don’t want to lose him for games. His teammates are on him. We talked to him about it. But at the end of the day, he is going to have to solve that on his own.’’

Meanwhile, Perkins has five technicals, on pace for 23. He has reduced his technicals in the past two weeks, but Rivers is concerned about Perkins acquiring a Wallace-like reputation.

“I don’t think anybody can be contagious with Perk - he was pretty good [at getting them] before,’’ Rivers said. “So I don’t think Rasheed has had any impact on Perk at all. In some ways I think he has been a calming influence. Perk I am on more about it because he’s still young and gaining a reputation. He has a chance to stop it before it starts.’’

Memories of Michael
“Holding’’ Miami’s Dwyane Wade to 27 points Sunday night was an accomplishment for Ray Allen, considering Wade is one of the league’s more prolific scorers. Wade worked hard for his points (23 shot attempts), and against elite scorers who can get to the free throw line at will, that’s the goal, Allen said.

Checking Wade reminded Allen of his early-career matchups with Michael Jordan.

“The toughest person I had to guard was MJ, because he didn’t work hard, it seemed like, but I know he was working hard,’’ Allen said, before scoring 27 against the Bobcats. “But he just scored so efficiently and was just in his game.

“I fronted him, chased him off screens. He got easy dunks. He got steals. He was so quick. That was the most frustrating person I ever had to guard because it seemed like he was gliding through everything and we’re playing the best defense, running around, head swiveling and everything. So that was tough for me.’’

In Iverson’s corner
There are reports circulating that the 76ers have offered Allen Iverson a one-year deal, apparently nonguaranteed, and that doesn’t impress Charlotte coach and longtime Iverson admirer Larry Brown.

“That upsets me a little bit,’’ Brown said. “I’m just looking at how that looks. But he just wants to play. I get worried about that message, personally. But I also admire Philly for giving him a chance, that’s more meaningful for me.

“I look at a guy that’s scored 20,000-plus points, played hurt, and did so much, and now he’s got to play for a nonguaranteed contract. That’s pretty troubling for me, but then again Philly stepped up to the plate, and if they are giving him a chance, that’s the only thing that’s really important.’’

Brown has been calling teams around the league in support of Iverson but said he hasn’t talked to the 76ers.

Clawing away
Through two games with the Maine Red Claws of the Development League, Bill Walker is averaging 22 points and 9.5 rebounds . . . Glen “Big Baby’’ Davis is scheduled to get the cast off his right hand today and could be cleared for workouts in the next several days. Davis has missed the entire season after breaking his right thumb in a fight with a friend Oct. 26 . . . Paul Pierce scored 8 points, the first time he has failed to reached double figures since March 23, a span of 27 games . . . Boston’s 10 3-pointers were its highest total since Nov. 22 when it canned 10 vs. the Knicks. It was just the second time this season the Celtics had 10 triples after doing it 17 times last season.

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