NBA Commissioner David Stern got the desired result — a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals — but he criticized Boston coaches and players for failing to properly execute his orders.
“I said extend the series, not draw more attention to the league’s corruption,” said Stern. “Rigging the lottery was tough enough. Now I have to deal with the Celtics letting LeBron [James] pour in 45 when the season was on the line? C’mon, guys, let’s make it a little more believable next time.”