Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning and talked about Rasheed Wallace's recent behavior, including a run-in between the player and coach during Sunday's win over Cleveland. "I don't know what exactly happened with Rasheed," Rivers said. "I know he felt that the official said something to him. Once that started, I could see Rasheed was not coming back [emotionally], let's say. Once you get to the that state where emotionally you're over the line ... usually when the players on our team go up to him when he starts going off on officials, he backs away from the players. But once I saw where he was at with our own players, and then with me, I knew I just had to get him out of the game and sit him down and play him another day. I waited until the next day [to talk to him about it]. Rasheed understands the next day that those are things he can't do or shouldn't do. But there are times he can't help himself. Unfortunately that was one of them."
Asked if Wallace crossed the respect line, Rivers said: "At that moment he did. But Rasheed has a lot of respect for his teammates, he has a lot of respect for me. But listen, when you get that emotional, I don't think there is a line. Clearly, he crossed it. But it's something we dealt with and talked to him about. But he is who he is. He's not going to change."
Also on Sunday, Celtics guard Tony Allen barked at LeBron James after the Cavaliers star missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have won the game. Rivers said that didn't concern him. "I really didn't, because I don't think Tony started that. I thought LeBron said something to Tony, and Tony responded. And basically Tony was saying I don't care who you are -- for the most part; he said it in more colorful words than I just did. But I don't think Tony really started that talk. I don't mind a guy not backing down, and Tony will never back down."
Addressing his team's inconsistent play and responding to a question about whether the C's can turn on the switch for the playoffs, Rivers said: "If we win a couple more games, that means we've won over 50 games. When you do that, I don't know if you've had that switch off a lot. You can look at it like that. ... We have been on and off this year at times. But we've been on more than off, record-wise. We've lost games clearly that we shouldn't have lost. But overall, I think this team will be ready."
Rivers said he'll be following Tiger Woods at the Masters this weekend. "I want to see him win, because I want to see him go back to where he was," he said, referring to Woods' pursuit of golf's record for major titles.
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Brian "White Mamba" Scalabrine joins the guys to talk about the Celtics playoff push, the development of Marcus Smart and James Young, and the prospect of Brad Stevens leaving the Celtics for a college job.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton check in with Sox Skipper John Farrell for his weekly chat. John breaks some news about David Ortiz with us.
Former teammate of Lou Merloni and current ESPN analyst Dallas Braden joins the guys to talk about doctoring the ball, cheating in baseball, and the struggling Red Sox.
Joe Castiglione talked to the Sox lefty, who allowed one run in eight innings as the Sox beat the Angels at Fenway.
Don Sweeney, who was hired as the Bruins general manager yesterday speaks with Dale and Holley about his new position and where the Bruins go from here.
The awesomely knowledgeable Fluto Shinzawa calls DJ, Naoko and Pete to talk about his thoughts on the future of the B's. He discusses his column from earlier this week on Cam Neely wanting to give Claude the ax earlier in the season but not getting the ok. Fluto shares his thoughts on Chiarelli's firing, the future for Claude and where the Bruins should go from here. He also gives his opinion on potential moves the team can make, who would fit in here, his thoughts on the NHL playoffs so far and more.
In the final hour of the "midseason finale" as DJ likes to call it, the crew discuss more about the future of the Bruins franchise, the possible power struggle in the front office and who should be the head coach going forward. They talk to intelligent and talented Fluto Shinzawa about all of these thing and more in an excellent interview, and finally, DJ says THANK YOU!
Adrian Peterson's twitter rant leaves us wondering which troubled running back we would rather have on our team.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss the Red Sox decision to sit down their slumping slugger.
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Christian gives us five topics ranging from the NBA Finals to the FIFA Scandal
Rookie Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 7 and two thirds of shutout baseball in his debut. The guys discuss his performance and the benching of David Ortiz.
Dale, Michael and Jerry Thornton discuss Chris Gasper's column about the national hatred towards the Patriots, and why it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the news that John Farrell broke with us that David Ortiz will sit for a few days for 'retooling' a few things. We react and take your phone calls.
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Mikey Adams and Chris Villani discuss Boston Globe columnist Christopher Gasper's piece analyzing why the New England Patriots are hated outside of New England. Beyond just because they win, Villani believes Belichick is the key to sparking rage.
Mikey Adams and Chris Villani discuss the disappointing 21-26 start of the Boston Red Sox and who is most to blame. Also, caller Steve from Fall River sets Villani off with his DeflateGate take.
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