NBA roundup: Celtics' Rivers dialing it down

May 21, 2010

Two wins away from the NBA Finals, the Celtics have plenty of reasons for confidence.

But overconfidence? Don't count on it, no matter what Paul Pierce said.

Before leaving the court after Boston took a 2-0 lead over the Magic with a 95-92 win on Tuesday night, Pierce said in a live 60-second television interview that the Celtics were coming home to close it out.

Coach Doc Rivers said Thursday he didn't like the remark, although he was pleased that Pierce was confident.

The Celtics can sweep the Eastern Conference finals by winning at home on Saturday and Monday. But Rivers pointed out that they lost both their home games against Orlando during the regular season.

DeRosa suspended:Referee Joe DeRosa has been suspended without pay for throwing a ball at a fan during halftime of an NBA playoff game in Orlando.

At halftime of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Magic and Celtics, DeRosa was walking to the scorer's table to get the warm-up jackets for his crew.

A fan behind the table approached DeRosa, gesturing with his arms and appearing to be shouting at the veteran official. DeRosa flipped the game ball to the fan, who tossed it back.

L.A. story: The Suns' resurgence took a hit in Los Angeles, where the Lakers scored a total of 252 points to go up 2-0 in the Western Conference finals, shooting 58 percent in each game.

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