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News » Wallace rips refs - again

Wallace rips refs - again

Wallace rips refs - again Rasheed Wallace insists he's a straight shooter.

Until he made 6 of 11 shots last night, including 3 of 6 3-pointers, that hadn't been the case on the court for a while. But the Celtics forward was referring more to his off-court demeanor.

Wallace speaks his mind - probably too much so, because he regularly leads the NBA in technical fouls.

Asked why the Celtics haven't been blowing teams out as much as early in the season, Wallace replied, "Because the league ain't going for that no more. That's my opinion, that's my take on it because if you look at some of the things that's been called. Like tonight, I got a tech for saying, `He's a flopper.'"

In order words, Wallace blames the officials for calling technicals to keep the scores closer. Wallace also made that claim before referee Tim Donaghy was imprisoned for betting.

"You see the first time I said it," Wallace said, "everybody thought, `Oh, I'm crazy, Sheed, he's going to get fined, this and that.' And what happened? That (stuff) came to be true, didn't it? I got to call it how I see it. I call a spade a spade."

Don't be surprised if Wallace gets fined for those comments.

Wallace told referee Ed Malloy last night that Toronto's Hedo Turkoglu flopped when Wallace was called for fouling him. Malloy then slapped Wallace with a T.

"The refs get scouting reports on us, certain players," Wallace said. "They got to already know he's a (darn) flopper. That's all Turko-do do-do. That should have been a tech on him for flopping."

Wallace said he didn't throw his shoulder into Turkoglu or make hard contact, but Turkoglu fell to the floor and shouted.

"He acted like I shot him or something," Wallace said. "That's not Basketball, man. That's not defense. That's garbage, is what it is.

"This game is watered down with all that flopping (stuff)."

Wallace didn't appreciate Paul Pierce getting called for a technical after he dunked on Chris Bosh, then stared at Bosh as he lay on the floor. Wallace said Pierce didn't say anything to Bosh while he stared, but he was whistled for taunting.

"Let the Golden Child do that," Wallace said, "or one of them NBA Without Border kids do that, it's all fine and dandy."

Wallace admitted the Golden Boy was LeBron James. Bosh, Dwight Howard and Carlos Howard took part in Basketball Without Borders, an NBA program promoting social change through Basketball overseas.

Hudson headed to Maine?

Lester Hudson may join Bill Walker with the Celtics' new NBA Development League club in Portland, Maine, when Tony Allen recovers from ankle surgery, but the rookie guard is in no hurry to leave Boston.

"I don't want to go to the D-league," Hudson said, "but if I have to, I will."

At least Hudson would be less than two hours away in Portland unlike last year when Walker and J.R. Giddens were shipped off to Utah.

Rebounding woes

Coach Doc Rivers called the Celtics a streaky rebounding team. That's being kind. Only Golden State averages fewer rebounds.

Rivers doesn't believe the return of Glen Davis from a broken hand will necessarily help the rebounding because the starters have been out-rebounded, and Davis wouldn't start. Besides, Rivers thinks Davis also needs to improve his rebounding. People forget that because he hasn't played yet.

"The longer a guy's out, the better he gets," Rivers said. "If I'm Baby, I should sit out another month and I'll be able to make the All-Star team."

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Added: December 1, 2009


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