Kendrick Perkins Avoids Suspension; Second Technical Rescinded
Perkins was ejected with 36 seconds left in the first half of the Celtics' 113-92 loss to the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. It would have been his seventh technical foul during the playoffs, which is a mandatory $2,500 fine and one-game ban.
Now, he will be available for Friday's Game 6 at TD Garden. Boston leads the series, 3-2.
Perkins was whistled for his first technical with 2:15 left in the first half, when he delivered a subtle elbow to Magic center Marcin Gortat, who also was hit with a tech on the play.
While that infraction stood -- though many believe it to be suspect as well -- the second technical apparently was more egregious. Referee Eddie F. Rush tossed Perkins after the rugged big man protested a call by turning his palms up and walking angrily away.
Perkins, whose physical play has slowed Orlando star Dwight Howard at times in this series, seemed stunned to be thrown out of the game.
The NBA also has upgraded the fourth-quarter flagrant foul by the Celtics' Paul Pierce to a flagrant 1. The league's rules on flagrant and technical fouls and their resulting suspensions and fines can be found on NBA.com.