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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 EDT

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It is very likely that one, if not both technicals will be rescinded, but before everyone gets too bent out of shape about it, a few things to consider.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. Luke Walker - May 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    I love the Magic fans are whining about the Celtics and the refs, does anyone else think Alanis Morrisette needs to add that to her song “Ironic?” Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard both, AFTER EVERY SINGLE CALL, look to the ref in total bewilderment and throw their hands in the air. EVERY SINGLE CALL. It’s like neither of those 2 have ever committed a turnover or foul in their NBA careers. They are truly amazing. Van Gundy isn’t much better over on the sideline, no coach in the NBA looks like more of an idiot than him running and flopping around over there. I think that’s where the Magic players get it from – their head coach.

  2. andy - May 27, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Matt, you assume Eddie F Rush could hear the obscenity? The place was loud. No way Rush heard a word come from Perkins mouth. Yes he did see the air punch but you implied that it was both the obscenity and the punch that got him the T.
    Was it because it was both or would either one have gotten him the T?
    I will say that Perkins commits more dumb fouls than any player in the NBA (an endless amount of moving picks) and I will also say he tends to mix it up more than most NBA players, what with his flailing elbows after a call, but the 2 T’s he got last night were terrible calls and given we are watching the Eastern Conference Finals, the referees need to pay closer attention to detail and not let their emotions dictate their calls.
    Eddie F Rush inserted himself into the game last night for some reason. Maybe he likes Joe West’s style…

  3. Andy - May 27, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    Matt, you assume Eddie F Rush could hear the obscenity? The place was loud. No way Rush heard a word come from Perkins mouth. Yes he did see the air punch but you implied that it was both the obscenity and the punch that got him the T.
    Was it because it was both or would either one have gotten him the T?
    I will say that Perkins commits more dumb fouls than any player in the NBA (an endless amount of moving picks) and I will also say he tends to mix it up more than most NBA players, what with his flailing elbows after a call, but the 2 T’s he got last night were terrible calls and given we are watching the Eastern Conference Finals, the referees need to pay closer attention to detail and not let their emotions dictate their calls.
    Eddie F Rush inserted himself into the game last night for some reason. Maybe he likes Joe West’s style…

  4. E_roca - May 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    I hate both of these teams, but quite honestly you could see the plot from the beginning; get the celtics key players in foul trouble early. The post game in basketball has been eliminated, too many foul calls on non-shooting plays. Howards inadvertant elbows can only be inadvertant so long. Of course he’s always smiling and grinning, he gets paid millions to mug people daily. He’s the least talented of all of the NBA’s proclaimed superstars. With that said, Pierce’s shove on Redick in the 4th quarter warranted probably a little more than flagrant 1, that was a pretty unsportsmanlike play. The officiating should not be noticed in a series, but unfortunately on this night it was the leading act on the vaudeville that once was a great sport.

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