Celtics' Center Perkins Won't Be Banned After a Technical Foul Rescinded

Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins won’t be suspended for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals after a Game 5 technical foul was rescinded by the National Basketball Association.

Perkins was ejected from the game last night against the Orlando Magic with 36.1 seconds remaining in the first half after receiving his second technical foul for arguing with officials. Orlando went on to win 113-92 to close their best-of- seven series deficit to 3-2.

A second technical would have been the seventh of the playoffs for Perkins, meaning an automatic one-game suspension. The NBA routinely reviews such technical fouls before announcing the suspension.

The NBA also said in a news release that a fourth-quarter foul committed by Celtics forward Paul Pierce was upgraded to flagrant foul 1. A flagrant foul 1 is given a value of one point and a flagrant foul 2, for more severe fouls, is assigned a value of two points, with any combination totaling four points earning players a one-game suspension.

Game 6 is tomorrow night in Boston. Orlando is looking to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 series deficit to win a series.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

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