May 2, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT
So the NBA has watched the tape (well, digital recording) of Game 1 of the physical Boston/Miami series and has made a few changes.
The biggest news is that Paul Pierce will not get a suspension, reports Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Which is the only just move because he never should have been ejected in the first place, but it’s a little hard to take that back now.
The league rescinded James Jones technical foul with 7:59 in the fourth quarter, but he was given a Flagrant 1 foul by the league for his hard foul on Paul Pierce at that time.
Jermaine O’Neal’s flagrant foul from the third quarter was downgraded to a regular foul.
What does all that mean? Not much unless guys keep racking up enough flagrant and technical fouls to get a suspension down the line in the playoffs. It does not change the outcome of the game.
Miami came out and established itself as the more physical team in Game 1. If that trend continues they can start to be concerned about how those flagrants add up in the next round, because they will be moving on.
- Markieff Morris: “My future will not be in Phoenix” 19
- Shaq tells Suzy Shuster he, Kobe Bryant could have tied Jordan’s six titles 33
- Dwight Howard tried to take loaded gun through airport security, will not face charges 49
- Will Miami make a run at Kevin Durant? 17
- Report: Veteran forward Chuck Hayes agrees to deal with Clippers 7
- Report: Lakers to sign Brazilian, FC Barcelona point guard Marcelo Huertas to one-year deal 10
- Shaq to Kobe on podcast: “I just want people to know that I don’t hate you” 18
- D’Angelo Russell on Tracy McGrady tweet: “Some Lakers fans are spoiled” 28