Celtics’ Perk will play; NBA rescinds technical foul

By Herald staff | Thursday, May 27, 2010 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Boston Celtics

In an email received at the Herald this afternoon, the NBA has announced that the technical foul slapped on Celtics

center Kendrick Perkins [stats] in the final moments of the second quarter of last night’s Game 5 against the Magic in Orlando’s Amway Arena has been rescinded.

As a result of the NBA’s review of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Perkins will now be eligible to play in tomorrow’s Game 6 at TD Garden as the Celtics try to close out the series and earn a spot in the Finals, scheduled to begin June 3. Perkins was facing a game suspension for going over the NBA’s six technical foul postseason limit.

Perkins entered the game with five technicals in the playoffs. He got his sixth when he jostled with Orlando’s Marcin Gortat with 2:15 left in the first half.

The second technical foul was whistled by Ed F. Rush with 36.1 seconds remaining in the half. After Perkins was called for a foul against Dwight Howard, he bolted from the scene. But Rush apparently thought he did so in too demonstrative a fashion.

Perkins was sent to the showers at that point and the Celts went on to lose Game 5, 113-92, forcing tomorrow’s game 6.

The second tech called against Perkins last night was the one rescinded by the league.

As second ruling was handed down yesterday by the league, upgrading a foul called against Celts captain Paul Pierce [stats] with 8:12 remaining in the fourth quarter to a Flagrant Foul 1.

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