Wallace still having technical difficulties
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.’’
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.’’
“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.
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