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NBA Playoffs Celtics Magic Game 5: Get ready to hear a lot about Kendrick Perkins and technicals

May 26, 2010, 11:01 PM EST

Perkins_techs.jpgThese playoffs had way too little controversy. Luckily, Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals supplied us with all we’re going to be needing for a while.

In the first quarter, Paul Pierce drove after a perimeter whistle was called. Gortat double fouled him and sent him to the ground. Kendrick Perkins reached down to help Pierce up, with Gortat behind him. Perkins slipped off Pierce’s slick wrist and accidentally elbowed Gortat, who of course thought it was intentional and slapped the ball out of Perkins’ hand. A double technical was assessed.

Okay, one bad T, no big deal.

Then in the second quarter, Perkins started doing his usual act. You’ve seen it. Perkins throwing his hands in he air and screaming, furious over every call. After one call, the Celtics center stormed away from the official, but threw an “air punch” and screamed an obscenity. Technical. That’s two. Good night, Irate.

Those technicals were Perkins’ sixth and seventh, earning a suspension in his next game.

Ruh-roh.

It is very likely that one, if not both technicals will be rescinded, but before everyone gets too bent out of shape about it, a few things to consider. The Celtics lead the league in playoff technicals with 18 techs. 18. That’s a pretty clear pattern that the officials have to be aware of. The other question that needs to be asked is if Eddie F. Rush warned Perkins. If Rush just tagged Perkins with the second technical for no reason, fine, rescind it it was a bad call.

But if he was warned, that would change things. The Celtics tend to dance the line with not only complaining at officials after calls, but embrace a physical, punishing, bullying type of play. That’s going to go your way on nights when the games are called loose. But when they’re called tight, you have to respond.

Finally, there’s being in the heat of the moment, as the NBA guidelines stipulate is allowed for air punches (HT: Trey Kerby), and there’s pushing your luck. These guys are grown men, who are responsible for their emotions. Perkins needs to keep his head and keep playing. His team needs him,especially with the injuries the Celtics sustained tonight. It may have been a bad call, it may have been a bad tech, but it was still within his control to prevent.

Either way, I wouldn’t worry about a suspension if I’m a C’s fan. I’d worry about the Magic and how they’ve rediscovered their offense and intensity. The suspension will get rescinded. The Magic perimeter attack will not.

  1. Lee - May 27, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    WOW! Matt Moore, your Anti-Celtic BIAS is showing!

  2. Aleks - May 27, 2010 at 5:03 AM

    ” These guys are grown men, who are responsible for their emotions.”
    You’re talking about the refs right?
    O wait nvm, you clearly didn’t watch the game.
    It would be nice if these games were officiated the same in game 1 as they were in games 2, 3, 4 and 5. Frankly annoying how officiating can subjectively determine the outcome of a game.

  3. Aleks - May 27, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    ” These guys are grown men, who are responsible for their emotions.”
    You’re talking about the refs right?
    O wait nvm, you clearly didn’t watch the game.
    It would be nice if these games were officiated the same in game 1 as they were in games 2, 3, 4 and 5. Frankly annoying how officiating can subjectively determine the outcome of a game.

  4. Reddick - May 27, 2010 at 6:27 AM

    NBA is fixing the game. period
    David Stern in his seat for too long, he need to see what is going on.

  5. Brifaulk - May 27, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    So Perkins gets technicals and Howard has inadvertent elbows!?
    Must be a lot more money riding on a longer series!!

  6. AR - May 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM

    What a big FIX

  7. Zack - May 27, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    “Perkins slipped off Pierce’s slick wrist and accidentally elbowed Gortat”
    Ha, there are no accidental elbows in basketball, Perkins knew where Gortat was

  8. Jawoflife - May 27, 2010 at 9:42 AM

    If the elbow smash to the nose was done by Pierce TO Howard there would have been outrage. Inadvertant or not an elbow to the face is a foul. To paraphrasethe legendary Tom Heinson would say “Give me a *%*% Break”

  9. b.nimble - May 27, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    the league wants 6 or 7 game series…they get more money from the tv networks…it’s all about money for these guys…if they can stretch the playoffs, in any way, they will…these refs are no saints either…they’ll bow to any pressure from david stern how these playoffs develop…whatever it takes to bring mo money…

  10. b.nimble - May 27, 2010 at 9:47 AM

    it’s pretty obvious the BIG FIX is in…

  11. Dude - May 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    Zack
    “Perkins slipped off Pierce’s slick wrist and accidentally elbowed Gortat”
    Ha, there are no accidental elbows in basketball, Perkins knew where Gortat was
    So Howard’s elbow crushing blow loosening teeth and producing a concussion was not an accident. Thanks for clearing that up for me Zack

  12. Stable in NH - May 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    …then Howard knew where Pierce was… and Glen Davis… and Marquis Daniels…and Garnett in game 4 …twice.
    This series has changed the way I look at Dwight Howard. I used to think he was agressive. I now know, that he is just an elbow throwing thug.
    And the refs, Matt said “..The Celtics lead the league in playoff technicals with 18 techs. 18. That’s a pretty clear pattern that the officials have to be aware of”. Any official that lets his opinions of past events cloud his judgement, has no right to be on the floor. Period.
    The NBA has allowed the horrid officiating to go on way to long. DUMP DAVID, AND GET SOMEONE CAPABLE OF DOING SOMETHING TO FIX THE OFFICIATING!

  13. Celtic Fan - May 27, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    This was the most poorly officiated game in the history of the NBA. Those three refs should be the one suspended for calling it bad. It’s one thing to loose because your oponent beat you, but it’s entirely different if the refs made you loose. Fine rescind the technical fouls of Perkins now, but because the refs were biased he didn’t play in the second half, could that be done over again, obviously not. The refs need to stop taking sides and call things right. People are so quick to judge the Celtics as rough players, how do you explain the fact that 2 Celtics players suffered head injuries? Why wasn’t Dwight ejected from the game after causing Davis a concusion?

  14. Michael - May 27, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Big fix please. Big fix would be 7th game for celts/cavs. These guys are masters at it. They push and push to be as physical as possible to deliver elbows and get away with it. When has Perkins ever slipped his grip helping someone up? but it happened to be after that play with gortat right behind him. come on. dont be so blind.

  15. charbor - May 27, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Quit being hypocrites Celtic homers! Your team is probably the dirtiest team in the league. Their strategy this series was to beat up on Howard every way possible with their army of low post thugs. Now when someone finally stands up and gives it back to them you start crying like a bunch of babies. I guess you learned it from Mr. Crybaby himself Paul Pierce. And why would the NBA want to fix it so the Magic would win? If anything we all know the NBA wants to see a Lakers/Celtics final.

  16. Omnius - May 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    The Celtics have always been big crybabies begging the refs to call fouls their way. No surprise that Crybaby Perkins blew his stack as the Celtics started losing the game in the first half. Time for the Celtics to stop whining and start playing tough defense and offense if they want to get beat in the Finals by the Lakers. Don’t see the Lakers always crybabying like this and that’s why they’ll prevail over the Setting Suns who’ve been aided immensely by the refs who have been told by Stern to extend that series.

  17. A Piston Fan! - May 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    David Stern’s silence on the Magic Team’s elbowing problem is deafning and very telling! If DH can run into people and throw elbows then the Celts should be able to knock him on his ass! I thought that when the Celts closed it to 6 points that we had a great game brewing but then the refs killed it!!!
    Friday night will now be a war and it will be the refs and the NBA’s fault…

  18. Jeff - May 27, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Celtics always want to have their cake and eat it too. They’ve always been known of their physical play or as what Joakim Noah said, dirty play yet the public and media got used to it. When another team matches their intensity and physical play, they cry about it. Hey, you can’t have double standards, play like a man. V. Carter got a stupid technical foul too while he was walking back to the bench and just because he wave his hand, so why give Celtics a better treatment? Hey, Celtics should get a dose of their own medicine.

  19. Chico - May 27, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    If anybody was watching the entire Celtics playoff serious so far would know Marquis Daniels hasn’t played one bit all playoffs long, yes all season he has been on the bench until last night when Doc Rivers was short on men. If you dont believe me then look at the minutes that Paul Pierce has been playing (over 40+ per game) and Ray Allen and Tony Allen both share the SG position. Marquis Daniels then put his head into the chest of Gortat and acted like he was injured so he couldnt play. I dont think I’ve ever witnessed such a pansy move from a guy getting played millions of dollars, to come in for 2 minutes then fake an injury, you so called hit your head against Gortat and now all of a sudden your limping back to the bench area where you belong at. BTW Jeff Van Gundy said it best, Dwight gets hit so many times down there that hes used to it but never complains. And whoever said Perkins was well aware of where Gortat is at was correct, how you a grown man and do not know another man is right behind you?

  20. Deborah - May 27, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    The fix is on , the NBA doesn’t want Celtics to finish with 4 wins so they could rest guys . The Lakers are even with the Suns and the NBA wants the revenue for a long series. It will be Celtics and Lakers in a 7 game series with refs playing a big part in the series going 7. The NBA wants that the Fans want that matchup and the NBA wants the MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!

  21. SeatGeek - May 27, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Perkins already had 1 technical that game (and 6 during the playoffs). With that in mind he needed to be walking on egg shells. Sure the technical call was not the best in the world, but if you’re on the brink of ejection and suspension you need to be doing EVERYTHING possible to ensure that an ejection and/or suspension is prevented. That means don’t react to foul calls at all. He is a grown man and he is responsible for his own emotions. He let his emotions take over a little too much last night, and that’s why the ref felt the need to T him up

  22. deborah - May 27, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    To OMNIUS, The Lakers don’t whine because Kobie gets away with murder, just like Lebron, Jordan, etc. When was the last time you saw any of them with 4 or 5 fouls !!! Not to mention they get to the free throw line an awful lot. It’s TIME for DAVID to STEP DOWN, it’s TIME for the REFS to call a fair game every night , review films see the stupid calls they make and STOP TAKING BUCKS under the TABLE to FIX GAMES .Start a Referee review board to view films and get rid of some of those WHISTLE BLOWERS !!! Wouldn’t you be PO’D if you barely touch anyone and still get blown for a foul . Yet NO FOUL on Howard for throwing his elbows and knocking a PLAYER OUT !!! ,as in what happened in ORLANDO , would he have called a foul if that were in BOSTON… THINK ABOUT IT !!! Yes ,the Celtics aren’t playing well in the last 2 games ,I hope it changes for them in Game 6 . But don’t give any responsibility to the REFEREE’S???? The play calling in the NBA is FIXED ,YOU KNOW , I KNOW , and so does the GAMBLING WORLD!!! IT’S TIME FOR GOLIATH TO TAKE DOWN MR. DAVID STERNS ,TOO MUCH POWER AND NO CONTROL !!! Lakers and Celtics in the FINALS and of course it will go 7 because of the MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. EC - May 27, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Howards elbows are everywhere yet there are no calls. He rakes faces, elbows heads and faces and no calls. All of a sudden he plays entire games with only a couple of personals — are you kidding me!! Of course the fix is in!! He even almost killed Pierce last night — good thing he let up at the last moment. Idon’t mind tough, physical games but the head hunting has to stop or someone, besides baby Davis, is really going to get hurt.

  24. BMac - May 27, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    “His team needs him,especially with the injuries the Celtics sustained tonight. It may have been a bad call, it may have been a bad tech, but it was still within his control to prevent. ”
    If Perk doesn’t get that tech, how on earth can you assume that the injuries would still occur, particularly to Davis? Awful assumption.

  25. Gmill - May 27, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    NBA refs are not incompetent–they are corrupt. We KNOW this already from Tim Donaghy. Refs call games with an agenda in mind. Drag out this series. Stop defenders from stopping this superstar. Never eject a superstar. How can you explain how utterly rare it is for a superstar to foul out? When a star gets 5 fouls—its party time. He will not get called for a sixth–no matter what he does. Stern’s cynicism has changed the NBA from a competetive venue–to an entertainment venue. Entertainment comes way before competition. Like roller derby. The NBA is in danger of losing sports fans. Sports fans value competition–not showbiz.

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