LOS ANGELES (AP) – Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers has been fined $15,000 for leaving the court too slowly after being ejected from a game in Phoenix.

Rivers’ fine was announced Sunday morning before Boston played the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA finals rematch.

Rivers was tossed during the second quarter of the Celtics’ 88-71 loss to the Suns on Friday night. He wasn’t certain exactly what he had done to earn the fine, but didn’t mind it.

Rivers says coaches don’t know how much time they have before they’ll be fined for leaving the court too slowly. He jokingly suggested starting a 30-second clock after an ejection to entertain the fans.

Rivers also says the lightness of the fine indicates the NBA wasn’t terribly angry.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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