With all the talk of Eddie F. Rush officiating Game 4 and Kendrick Perkins one technical away from a one-game suspension, there's been plenty of talk about the quality of officiating of the 2010 NBA finals. Lakers coach Phil Jackson said the officiating this finals series is no more controversial than in other championship series he's been in. 

 

Lakers head coach Phil Jackson said that his starting center will try to play through right knee pain in Game 4 of the NBA finals against the Celtics. 

 

"I think he'll give it a shot and see how he goes from there." Jackson said. "The big factor is he knows he's going to be in some kind of discomfort during course of a game. It comes. It goes. He feels sharp pain when he makes a certain move. He understands what it is so it's not something he gets concerned about doing again."

 

Doc Rivers told the media in his pregame press conference for Game 4 that Rasheed Wallace, who has struggled with back problems for the last couple of weeks, is "going to be fine" for Thursday night.

 

"Rasheed is going to be fine," Rivers said. "He's feeling a lot better today. We can't worry about it anyway. He'll be fine. We anticipate playing him a little bit more tonight for sure."

 

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ESPN columnist Bill Simmons joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday morning and talked about the quick turnaround from Game 2 in Los Angeles to Game 3 in Boston, the inconsistencies of the officials, and the sloppiness of both teams in the series.

 

The officials for Game 4 of the NBA finals were announced Thursday morning, and the trio includes a referee Celtics fans won't be happy to see. Eddie F. Rush, who ejected Kendrick Perkins from the Eastern Conference finals Game 5 on a technical foul that later was rescinded by the league, will be on the floor along with Scott Foster and Greg Willard.

 

OK, Paul Pierce.



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Celtics president Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and spoke about the number of fouls that have been called, the need for the Celtics to play like they did in the previous two rounds, and the lack of worry with just one day between games.

 

Celtics head coach Doc Rivers met with the media on Wednesday, and was asked about the ability of Derek Fisher to defend Ray Allen coming off screens. 

 

"Derek? What, besides flopping, he doesn't do a lot extra." Rivers said. "He plays hard. He's been in the game long enough to understand. I thought he got away with a lot last night. I thought there was a lot of holding going on and a lot of flopping going on.

 

Phil Jackson said after Game 3 that Andrew Bynum's status for Thursday's Game 4 was questionable and it appears the Lakers are taking a day-to-day approach with their center who is playing on a torn meniscus. "We won't be able to have any kind of answer on that until [Thursday]," Jackson said after the Lakers conducted practice at the Garden. But, Jackson is optimistic that he will play. "He's been able to overcome those odds almost all the way through these playoffs, ever since [the injury occured against] Oklahoma.