NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced yesterday that the league was in fact fining Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers $25,000 for public criticism of officiating after Tuesday night's loss in game 2 to the New York Knicks. During a conference call on Wednesday, Rivers made comments eluding to the fact that he might hear from the league: I didn't think I said much and that could be a problem. Because all I basically said was, Kevin getting into foul trouble had a huge impact on the game. That's not criticizing officials. So I've just got to make sure I focus on our stuff." The Celtics return home tonight for game 3 of their first round series against the New York Knicks. The Knicks lead the best-of-seven series two games to none.