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Kendrick Perkins second technical rescinded by league, he will play in Game 6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 The league has rescinded Ed Rush’s technical foul called on Perkins late in the second quarter of Game 5.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. DudeDad - May 27, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    The NBA needs to make sure that as many folks watch the finals as possible…the risk anything but a Lakers/Celtics final is too great. Remove the T, he gets to play and the Celtics have a shot at not getting bounced. The NBA, the broadcasters and the advertisers would suffer financially if it goes to a Suns/Magic final….

  2. Bill in St Pete - May 27, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Calling out NBA officiating is something astute sports enthusiasts do.
    Saying that we are whining must be something Celtics fans do.

  3. Nathan - May 27, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    The elbow to the face of big baby was clearly accidental, even the Celtic players know that and have said that. And Howard gets twice as many elbows in his back than any other player in the NBA and thats not even debateable. And how comes no ones brings up flop master Paul Pierce? If he would have tried that stuff back in the day of Kareem or Bill Russell no one would have respected him and the refs wouldn’t have called it. now he will probably go to the HoF for being a flopper.

  4. paully - May 27, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I wonder do “rats” smell?? If not? why so I smell a rat in the playoffs? The odor is truly there. Can it be that two teams can look superb and be up 2-0 and 3-0 and have now collapsed and are coming down to crunch time for LA and Boston? One must wonder if a modified fix is in to create suspemse and guarantee a big market finals? The Suns and Magic just don’t cut it. Many of my learned pals working in the basketball world have mentioned this frequently over the years????
    Your thoughts “round ball” fans???

  5. WillyWonka - May 27, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Re: Ken’s Reply-
    Come on Ken. Tell the truuuuuth. You’ve never reeeeally been to a basketball game have yooou?

  6. Dr. J from Philly - May 27, 2010 at 3:32 PM

    Dear NBA fans: Look who the refs have to put up with. Players who run off at the mouth just like the fans.

  7. Bilby - May 27, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Get rid of Sterns: Get new officials.(college)And review all questionable plays. Simple. Period.

  8. Dave - May 27, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    This is so obviously rigged. I won’t watch any more of the playoffs because of this. I get sick of all of the inconsistent, fabricated calls anyway. The NBA needs some consistent officiating to get my viewership back. At least some that doesn’t APPEAR crooked.

  9. Hackpiper - May 27, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Celtics fan here…
    Well, I’ve got to say that the Magic have finally stepped up and made a series of it. Our guys got pretty beat up out there last night. it was painful to watch. But one must give Orlando its due. Celtics were clearly outplayed.
    Unfortunately, the refs made a sham of the game. Hurt the Celtics for sure, but that didn’t lose the game on them. They got beat, fair and square. But it also took away credit for the Magic’s game, as well. As much as I would like the Celtics to close it out in Boston, a little part of me (the part that likes hard-fought close games and series) sort of looks forward to an all-out game 7 battle.
    …But only if the refs stay out of the way.

  10. Dave S - May 27, 2010 at 4:40 PM

    Indievote — your post is absolutely hillarious, mostly because the real conversation probably went exactly like that…well maybe not veratim, but close.
    Nice work!!!

  11. Milton T Toaster - May 27, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    You sir are, in the immortal words from “Quantum Leap”…a nozzle…I am not even a fan…Stevie Wonder and Ronnie Milsap just said they were bad calls on Perkins…

  12. roger - May 27, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Totally FOUL. If the NBA doesn’t consider this call on Perkins, this gives more credence to fixed playoffs in the NBA.

  13. Eternal Optomist - May 27, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    In my opinion, the NBA made the right call. Ther Ref made a call in the heat of the moment that was overboard. The player and the team shouldn’t have to pay such a high price for such a questionable call.
    The other thing that I don’t get is how somebody like talis4 could get so out of whack over somebody else’s opinion. Why can’t these forums be a debate, where everybody can provide their valid opinion? Why do people have to lose decorum and get so abusive? I kind of enjoy the banter in these sites, but I don’t really care for the personal attacks on people. The anonymity of the internet seems to bring out the worst in some of us. I understand that I’m in the minority here, but geez, couldn’t we try to be more tolerant of other peoples opinions?

  14. LiveToRide - May 27, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    The ultimate goal of the NBA is for yet another Lakers/Celtics snooze-fest Finals. That’s only because the refs couldn’t do enough to cover the bad play of Cleavland for a Kobe/Lebron Final. Remember a few years ago when “Cheapshot” Rob Horry hip-check Steve Nash into the scorer’s table during the playoffs? Stoudemire and Diaw received one-game suspensions for simply leaving “the immediate vicinity of their bench”. They didn’t do anything but stand up and take a couple steps. It was simply a normal, human reaction to a teammate getting thugged. But the NBA couldn’t see past the letter of its law there for a repeal, and they got their wish – San Antonio advanced. This is no different. Additioanlly, maybe the refs wouldn’t here so much complaining from the players and coaches about calls if they officiated every player in every game with event the slightest bit of consistenecy.

  15. Laker - May 27, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    what a shame.the refree was purposely working againest Boston. shame on you

  16. cerk - May 27, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    I’d almost give Howard the benefit of the doubt about the elbow to Davis’s face. But given that he practically snapped Pierce in half earlier in the game and threw down Perkins in a previous game it’s obviously his m/o. When he goes up he’s intent on coming down overtly hard – arms and elbows slamming with malicious force. There’s playing hard and there’s playing dirty. Pierce’s late game shove of Reddick was bush league – but that got called. The worst of Howard’s behavior is sanctioned by the officiating.

  17. andrew - May 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    glad they did that, i watched the game – now the second tech was a good call – he went nut verbally. but he should have never received the first oneat all. his elbow was not intentional and he did nothing after the ball was popped from his hands. so this was the right call – ffinally David andstu did something rt.

  18. WIZARD OF OZOLA - May 27, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    INSTANT REPLAY, INSTANT REPLAY , INSTANT REPLAY MY LADDIES.NFL,TENNIS, EVEN STUPIDASS BASEBALL HAVE REPLAY FOR ALL CRITCAL CALLS. SO STERN, CHANGE THE RULES , SPEND THE $$ AND GET SOME COMMON SENSE BACK IN THE HOOP GAME. AND GRADE REFS AND GET RID OF THE DEADWOOD ! I’D RATHER HAVE A NEW REF THAN AN OLD CORRUPT ONE. TRUTH.

  19. Ken - May 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Calling refs “idiots” and “a joke” isn’t real criticism, its just insulting. Say that they missed the call, say that their emotions got in the way, let them review the call, and let them correct it like they did, but don’t call these professionals that have ref’d for 30 years “jokes” or “idiots.” I would be willing to put money that you don’t call them that when the team you are routing for gets the “right” call. So per my “logic”, as you state, criticism is fine, but calling it another WWE (it hasnt been the WWF for years!) is unfair because we all know that is sports ‘entertainment’, nba playoff basketball is unscripted….and if you don’t believe that, then why do you still watch it?

  20. ken - May 27, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    For those that think Perkins didn’t intentionally elbow Gortat…lets get real. Perkins knows exactly where he is, he lets his grip go with Pierce just to get a cheap shot in. You can even see Pierce is surprised that Perkins dropped him. Perkins doesn’t have 6 technical fouls in the post season because he plays nice…its because he does things like this and gets called for it. If you elbow someone in their gut, you usually check who is behind you, Perkins doesn’t even flinch, why? because he knows exactly who is behind him…a magic player. He is the Ron Artest of the East. It’s not like it was in the heat of battle like the Baby Davis incident, there was no commotion going on, and Perkins doesn’t show any remorse of what he did.

  21. Meridian - May 27, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    How can David Stern rationalize this … after the outrageous sham that took place a couple years ago when Horry hip-checked Steve Nash and then he suspended the Suns stars for leaving the bench? You’ve got to either just let the referees call it and back them 100%, or else be consistent if you’re going to make rulings in an effort to “protect the spirit of the rule and the game”. Stern is a beligerent and angry little twerp; I don’t have much use for Mark Cuban, but I like it when he torments the Commissioner.

  22. Ken - May 27, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    You’re kidding right? What does this have to do with anything? And FYI, I’ve been to a ton of Laker games, both in the bleachers and sky box. What’s your point?

  23. Lloyd - May 27, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    I am absolutely disgusted at the officiating of the Celtic vs. Magic game. It seems that David Stern wants the series to be extended for purely monetary reasons. I was enjoying the NBA playoffs this year after decades of suffering through ‘fixed officiating’, which is the main reason I stopped watching and taking seriously all of professional sports. I have also been disgusted at the officiating at the college level. I suppose when big money is involved, ‘fixed officiating’ is a necessary evil that fans have to endure. This fan will stop watching the rest of the NBA playoffs.

  24. K-Mart - May 27, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    The NBA does use instant replay, its just that they put so many rules and restrictions on it that they might as well not have it at all.

  25. AJ - May 27, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Howard is DIRTY
    It’s one thing to put a guy on the floor, it’s another to put a guy in the hispital. You watch Howard’s “accidental” contact with elbows and forearms. If you kow how to hurt someone, you will realize Howard knows what he is doing.
    Elbow point to the base of the skull? Dizziness, lighheaded, tingling and knockout. That forearm to the side and base of the neck? Classic vasovagal response. Did you see how he lost his orientation and stumbled and staggared into the ref who had to hold him up?
    This guy knows what he’s doing. Watch in slow motion. He lands bone, with force in vulnerable areas. These don’t just hurt, they injure. The guy’s sick.

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