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Posted on: Thursday, April 22, 2010

NBA: Celtics' Wallace, Magic's Van Gundy, Barnes fined for criticizing officials


Associated Press

NEW YORK Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Thursday for publicly criticizing game officials.

Wallace was fined for comments made to the media Monday, a day before the Celtics beat the Miami Heat 106-77 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

Games 3 is Friday night in Miami.

MAGIC'S VAN GUNDY, BARNES ALSO FINED

ORLANDO, Fla. The NBA fined Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy and forward Matt Barnes $35,000 each today for publicly criticizing officials.

Van Gundy and Barnes said after the Magic beat Charlotte on Wednesday night that they were not happy with the way officials called the game on Dwight Howard.

Orlando's All-Star center has been in foul trouble the first two games of the series.

Barnes said the officials need "to stop calling such tic-tac fouls on him." Van Gundy said among other things that he doesn't "see the other great players in this league on the bench all the time with foul trouble, especially on marginal calls."

The Magic lead the Bobcats 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday in Charlotte.