Celtics' Garnett Banned for Game 2 of NBA Playoff for Elbowing Richardson

Boston’s Kevin Garnett has been suspended by the National Basketball Association for Game 2 of the Celtics’ playoff series against the Miami Heat.

Garnett was disciplined for elbowing Miami’s Quentin Richardson in the head during the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 85-76 victory in Game 1 of the first-round series, the NBA said in a statement.

The incident occurred after Boston’s Paul Pierce landed hard near the Miami bench with 40 seconds remaining. Garnett elbowed Richardson twice as players gathered around Pierce and started shoving one another.

Garnett, who averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds this season, received two technical fouls and was automatically ejected. Richardson and Udonis Haslem got technical fouls for Miami and Glen Davis also received one for the Celtics.

Richardson was fined $25,000 by the league.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for April 20 at Boston’s TD Garden.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

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