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Kendrick Perkins second technical rescinded by league, he will play in Game 6

May 27, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Perkins_techs.jpgKendrick Perkins gets to play another day. The league has rescinded Ed Rush’s technical foul called on Perkins late in the second quarter of Game 5.

This means Perkins can play in Game 6 in Boston Friday night. However, if he picks up one more technical foul during the playoffs he will be suspended for the following game.

No explanation of the decision has yet been issued by the league.

Perkins had already picked up a technical foul as part of a double technical issued earlier in the game after some fairly innocent after-the-play jostling between him and Martin Gortat (Perkins was trying to help up a fallen Paul Pierce, his hand slipped off and Gortat got a little elbow). That was questionable.

Then late in the second quarter Perkins got called for a foul and did what he always does — complained loudly about the call. But he did it walking away from the referee and the play, just venting his frustration. Pretty much normal playoff stuff.

And he was T’d up again. That’s two and he was ejected from the game. How much that hurt the Celtics is debatable — Perkins is their best low-post defender but his absence meant more minutes for Rasheed Wallace, who was playing better than Perkins. However, Sheed fouled out, Glenn Davis got a concussion and Doc Rivers could have used another big body.

Because this was Perkins’ seventh technical or flagrant foul of the playoffs, he was to be suspended for the next game — which would have been the crucial Game 6.

The league has balanced those scales, but Perkins remains one technical away from a suspension.

In other news, a hard foul by Paul Pierce in the first quarter was upgraded by the league to a flagrant one.

  1. Bill in St Pete - May 27, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    Really? And did they remove the points scored from the ensuing technical free throws? What a SHAM! NBA referees are the most crooked set of officials in ALL of sports, and the NBA condones it. All in the name of helping Kobe play Kevin in the finals.
    The whole sports world sees this as a sham. The playoffs are ONE BIG FAT Professional Wrestling JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bobcrs - May 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Yep…the league is right there with the WWF. How do you remove a foul after a game….Does MLB reverse blown calls or NFL take back touchdowns… Can’t wait for this stupid league to get its playoffs over so it stops clogging up TBS and TNT

  3. phil - May 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    As long as i’ve been watching, off and on for 30 years, NBA refs have always been anything but good….lord knows they let Jordan travel 20 times a game for 16 years…Isaiah Thomas carried the ball everytime he dribbled it from 81-94…what’s new?

  4. Obama - May 27, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    NBA refs are a complete joke. Phantom fouls, touchy fouls, non-calls…these guys can’t get anything right. It’s like the refs feel obligated to blow the whistle even though a foul or contact never really occurred. How many times have we seen a guy go to the hoop untouched and yet a foul is called? Absolutely ridiculous.
    And don’t get me started on the “hack a shaq” strategy being applied by the Celtics. The league needs to get rid of that foolishness altogether. Sort of like when the NHL cracked down on the clutch and grab style that plagued the league in the mid-90’s to early 2000’s.

  5. Obama - May 27, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    NBA refs are a complete joke. Phantom fouls, touchy fouls, non-calls…these guys can’t get anything right. It’s like the refs feel obligated to blow the whistle even though a foul or contact never really occurred. How many times have we seen a guy go to the hoop untouched and yet a foul is called? Absolutely ridiculous.
    And don’t get me started on the “hack a shaq” strategy being applied by the Celtics. The league needs to get rid of that foolishness altogether. Sort of like when the NHL cracked down on the clutch and grab style that plagued the league in the mid-90’s to early 2000’s.

  6. Obama - May 27, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    NBA refs are a complete joke. Phantom fouls, touchy fouls, non-calls…these guys can’t get anything right. It’s like the refs feel obligated to blow the whistle even though a foul or contact never really occurred. How many times have we seen a guy go to the hoop untouched and yet a foul is called? Absolutely ridiculous.
    And don’t get me started on the “hack a shaq” strategy being applied by the Celtics. The league needs to get rid of that foolishness altogether. Sort of like when the NHL cracked down on the clutch and grab style that plagued the league in the mid-90’s to early 2000’s.

  7. jojo - May 27, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Totally agree. NBA refs are the most crooked refs in all of the sports. The will call or not call a foul depending who the player is. Call the violation as it is star or no star power. The refs should be fined or suspended as well.

  8. IndieVote - May 27, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    I can just hear the phone call now:
    Ed Rush: (ring, ring) “This is Ed Rush”
    David Stern: “Ed, Stern here. Just what the hell were you THINKING out there?? I didn’t tell you to queer the entire SERIES! Just to make sure Orlando won another game! Now I have to suspend Perkins!”
    Rush: “I’m sorry, Mr. Stern. I lost track. I thought I gave ‘Big Baby’ the first technical. I lost count of who had what. My bad”.
    Stern: “Your bad!? That’s all you’ve got to say for yourself?? Do you know how low the ratings are going to be if the Magic or the Suns actually advance to the finals??? Or BOTH of them for God’s sake?? NOBODY wants that!”
    Rush: “Word”.
    Stern: “Word? What the hell does that mean, anyway? Oh well, the bottom line here is, we need more advertising revenue from the Conference Finals, but not if it means we lose everything on the Championship Series. I’m gonna have to rescind that technical Ed, and I’m blaming you. Not in so many words mind you, but it’s definitely going to look like we’re second guessing your judgment. I don’t care how bush it makes us look. We need the ratings. We need the revenue. We need the Celtics to advance. Word on that, smart guy!”
    Rush: “I understand, Mr. Stern. But we gotta do something to the Celtics to sort of even it out, don’t you think? We can’t have it look like we’re trying to help them.”
    Stern: “You could be right. We’ll find something. Maybe we’ll just upgrade someone’s foul to a flagrant. I’ll make a real serious face when I deliver the news. Don’t you worry about it. Just no more foul-ups out there. Got it?”
    Rush: “Word.”
    Stern: “What the…?”
    The NBA is the new WWF. It used to be such a great league. Unbelievable………

  9. yodaspeaks - May 27, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    as most important sports have evolved to some use of the instant replay technology, basketball should also adapt some rules to use this too..esp when theres a questionable call by a referee…or on some out-of-bounds plays… the onus would not be so heavy on human perception..

  10. yahmon - May 27, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    This was one RIGHT call the league has made in many wrong ones.
    Niether of those T’s should have been called. Celtics need Perkins. This isnt a tea party this is PRO basketball. The refs need to stop with these touchy fouls and T’ing up players over nothing…The players should be the ones affecting the outcome of the game not the refs
    Eddie Rush should be suspended.

  11. Fecteau - May 27, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Wait, how in the #$%^@! does Obama know ANYTHING about hockey? He’s all basketball and football… I smell a rat..

  12. mummo - May 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    I’m with you, Bill adn Phil. It is so transparaent that the League has told the refs to string out the playoffs as long as possible to 7 games to increase the advertising revenue. So when the Celtics, start closing out the series, the refs ‘even it up’ so that it’s not a sweep. However, this doesn’t take away from the heart of the Magic, which were exciting to watch. Why not just let the players play and keep you hands in your pocket.

  13. Anonymous - May 27, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I thought the second technical was a bad call, but for the league to “take it back”???? What are they thinking??? A move like that adds more fuel to the notion that the league ultimately controls the outcome of the game, series, etc.

  14. Omnius - May 27, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    A good call by the NBA to rescind that quick second technical Perkins got last night. The refs should not let their bruised feelings get in the way of allowing players to play and be emotional, it’s the playoffs by golly. The NBA refs have historically made lots of bad calls making sure the team their boss Stern wanted to win to extend series or stop teams from winning too many championships, like they did after the Lakers won three straight.

  15. Randall - May 27, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    “Celtics need Perkins.”
    That’s why it was reversed. After the last game the Cs bench looks like a MASH unit, so Stern’s giving them all the help he can. That’s the only reason he’d question a ref’s call; remember, anyone else does it, big fine.

  16. NHDank - May 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    The second technical, while pretty quick, was somewhat justified. The first was obviously incorrect. And when will the league address the elbows from D12? An inadvertant elbow? Ok. Yet, somehow he follows through with a forearm after every elbow. If KG’s elbows were that undisciplined, he would be fined and suspended and possibly executed on the court.

  17. bmedsr - May 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Let’s see, Perkins gets a bogus foul and T while Howard is knocking people out without even getting a foul called. No-one is helping the Celtics. The league had to reverse it so that it was not too obvious where the bias has been the last two games!

  18. You guys want so cheese with that WHINE?! - May 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    All of these comments are about complaints of the refs…how horrible they are, what a joke they are, how they have phantom calls…blah blah blah. These refs are on the floor and have the closest view on all of these plays…and if they miss one, fine, let them correct it like they did. BUT calling them a joke?! I mean the joke here is people crying about it so hard like most of the comments below. These are the same fans that complain and whine, yet they watch these playoffs for so long they’re eyes burn off. How many times have you stood up because you thought your team or superstar got fouled, but with 5 different angles and replays, you realize it wasn’t and the ref was right for not calling it. I mean get off your high horses, apply to be a ref and try to fix it if you think its so bad. IF NOT, sit down, enjoy the serious…and SHUT THE HELL UP!

  19. ken - May 27, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    *”some cheese” and “series” – – had to correct some grammer of mine.

  20. talis4 - May 27, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    The NBA has become the new WWF (whatever their new Acronym is). In my opinion the core of the problem is david stern. There has been suspicion about his motivations since the lottery pick that brought Patrick Ewing to New York (think dog-eared card).
    The fiasco perpetrated by joe crawford and ed rush was disgraceful. They set the tone early. Chippy fouls called on the Celtics, and completely ignoring blatant fouls and elbows by the Magic. The double T’s on Perkins were a brilliant stroke. At the time of the call, the Magic were resorting to their “dump into howard” approach. It does not work with Perkins in the game. The lead had shrunk to six. It was time to take bold action. They did. They had Perkins tossed from the game.
    On another note: Anyone who has played basketball at any level knows “you don’t throw bones!” No one is allowed to throw elbows (except dwight howard). It is a dangerous action. The Celtics my lose their best sub (Davis) because of a concussion as a result of a howard elbow.
    stern does not care about the integrity of the game. He is the worst thing that ever happened to the NBA. He should be investigated, prosecuted and fired.

  21. talis4 - May 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    The NBA has become the new WWF (whatever their new Acronym is). In my opinion the core of the problem is david stern. There has been suspicion about his motivations since the lottery pick that brought Patrick Ewing to New York (think dog-eared card).
    The fiasco perpetrated by joe crawford and ed rush was disgraceful. They set the tone early. Chippy fouls called on the Celtics, and completely ignoring blatant fouls and elbows by the Magic. The double T’s on Perkins were a brilliant stroke. At the time of the call, the Magic were resorting to their “dump into howard” approach. It does not work with Perkins in the game. The lead had shrunk to six. It was time to take bold action. They did. They had Perkins tossed from the game.
    On another note: Anyone who has played basketball at any level knows “you don’t throw bones!” No one is allowed to throw elbows (except dwight howard). It is a dangerous action. The Celtics my lose their best sub (Davis) because of a concussion as a result of a howard elbow.
    stern does not care about the integrity of the game. He is the worst thing that ever happened to the NBA. He should be investigated, prosecuted and fired.

  22. talis4 - May 27, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    “Cheese and whine”?
    Man you are pathetic. According to your logic, or lack thereof, any criticism of a referee, or politician, or athlete, or attorney would have no validity because the only way to properly offer an opinion is to have the position being criticised. You are a moron.
    Please use that bulbous barage balloon on your neck as something other than a hat rack.

  23. Mr.8bit - May 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    “Superman” gives Paul Pierce a DDT – no foul. Gives Big Baby a concusion – no foul. Smashes Rhondo’s face whenever he drives to the hoop – no foul(s.) Rhondo argues a call – ‘T’ him up! Perk argues a call – ‘T’ him up too! It’s a shame that the most important and influential people on the court appear to be the refs. I guess the fans pay $200 to watch them, NOT the players.

  24. TheIndependentThinker - May 27, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    They should have rescinded both technicals. I watched him picking up Pierce from every angle and he obviously slipped.
    The refs gave away game 5 off these two bullsh** calls and don’t have the nerve to do the right thing and rescind both?
    Plus, Superdope was throwing elbows ALL GAME LONG and wasn’t getting called.
    Where was the flagrant foul or T called on Superdope when he elbowed big baby in the face hard enough to give him a concussion?
    Kind of makes me wonder if the NBA isn’t stretching out the series just to make some extra money.

  25. Drew - May 27, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    The problem I have with this whole debacle isn’t missed calls or bad calls per se, it’s the ref’s emotional involvement in their officiating. We already saw it earlier in the series with the ref throwing the ball to a fan and then demanding THE FAN be removed from the arena.
    Ed Rush was clearly injecting his own personal feelings into the climate of the game. The refs contend they are going to “control” a physical game by calling it tight early. The result always backfires – bitterness, complaining about touch fouls, numerous technicals, and then ultimately suspensions.
    The most irritating thing, which is not something new, is giving a technical to the retaliator. There would be no retaliation but for the instigator who is much more culpable than the guy just reacting to it.
    I would also argue that Perkins’ first ‘T’ was more innocent than the second one. We see infinitely more aggressive behavior that goes uncalled all the time. I suppose the NBA is taking the position that they have to penalize Rush but not make him and the rest of the refs an example.

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