Doc Rivers' Timeout Sprint in Game 2
That's when Celtics coach Doc Rivers stepped in -- literally. The coach frantically tried to wave down the officials to call a time out, but when he feared they may not see him in time, he ran onto the court to make the call, which was granted. Boston maintained possession, and went on to seal the victory.
Video of the play, and reaction from both Rivers and Phil Jackson, follows below.
Now, Rivers was clearly on the court while the play was still going on, before the referee saw him signaling and whistled the play dead. But the referees allowed it, and it ended up being a big play, because the Celtics retained possession of the ball, extended their lead to seven on their next trip down the floor and robbed the Lakers of one more chance to get it back down to a one-possession game.
"I guess it was big," Rivers said of his timeout sprint after the game. "We had one second left. You know, I'm glad they saw me. I don't think they had a choice but to see me -- I was past them."
Ray Allen, who led all scorers with 32 points and set an NBA Finals record by hitting eight three-pointers in the game, said that he and his teammates got a good laugh out of it.
"He claimed that he's in shape, and when he ran out there we told him he looked like he wasn't in shape," Allen said. "But he made it out there, so it definitely got us an extra possession."
Lakers coach Phil Jackson wasn't even sure that what Rivers did was legal under the rules.
"I don't know if you can do that or not," Jackson said. "I don't think that's legal, to get on the floor. I think coaches have to stay on the sideline. They're not supposed to be on the floor. It's like he was shot out of a starter's block."
Legal or not, the play was allowed. And besides the fact that it prevented the Lakers from getting a second chance at cutting into what was at the time a five-point lead, Rivers thought that the comedy of the moment might have been good for his team's mental state as they were preparing to send the series back to Boston with home court advantage now in their favor.
"The guys got a kick out of that," Rivers said. "You know, it was funny. As big as that little moment was, I actually thought that the bigger moment was all the players laughing at me and it allowed them to breathe a little bit, and I thought that helped us."