ORLANDO, FL - MAY 26: Kendrick Perkins #43 of the Boston Celtics walks off the court to the locker room after he was ejected from the game after receiving the limit of technical fouls in the second quarter against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 26, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
The NBA has reviewed Game 5 between the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics and made some changes to foul rulings, reports Shannon J. Owens of the Orlando Sentinel, Paul Flannery of WEEI, and others.
The most significant adjustment as the rescinding of Celtics center Kendrick Perkins' second technical foul, which prompted his ejection in the first half of the game. Upset with a foul call, Perkins began to curse loudly and wave his arms in frustration while walking away from referee Eddie F. Rush, who rang him up for the technical anyway. Because the technical was Perkins' 7th of the playoffs, he would have drawn a one-game-suspension had the league not reverse the call. Which it did. Perkins will thus be eligible to play in Game 6 tomorrow night.
Also worth noting: the league upgraded a personal foul Celtics small forward Paul Pierce committed on Magic two-guard J.J. Redick early in the fourth quarter to a flagrant one foul. Redick baited Pierce into jumping into him while shooting, and as Redick fell to the floor, Pierce gave him a bit of an extra shove in frustration.
For some interesting perspective on Perkins' technical situation, I recommend reading Henry Abbott and Zach Lowe today. In general, I recommend reading those guys every day, on any topic, but I quite enjoyed what they had to say about Perkins. Abbott argues that the league shouldn't need a day and a half to review a five-second play, and the fact that the game was close when Perkins was in illustrates how costly his loss proved to be. Meanwhile, Lowe delves into the subject of Perkins' reputation for complaining, and how it might have affected his ejection.