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Miller unlikely to face further sanctions

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  April 27, 2009 02:27 PM

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An NBA official said it doesn't appear that Bulls center Brad Miller will be reprimanded any further for his retaliation after being fouled hard by Celtics forward Glen Davis in Game 4 Sunday in Chicago.

The Celtics held a 73-72 lead as Davis grabbed a defensive rebound. Davis was losing his balance and threw a pass directly to Miller, who attempted a layup and was fouled by Davis with 10:02 remaining. Miller reacted by appearing to forearm Davis in the head.

Officials called a flagrant foul and ejected Miller, then changed the call to a technical, allowing him to remain in the game.

The Bulls tied it, 74-74, on Miller's foul shots after the Celtics' Eddie House converted the technical.

"I just tried to find a way to get rid of the ball," Davis said. "He ends up with the ball. I go up and try to make sure he doesn't get a continuation [call]. It's a nice foul. I didn't try to hurt him. I just tried to get the ball out of his hands. He came down and swung away and hit me in my face.

"It didn't matter what happened. It didn't determine the game. You just have to go out there and play. I don't know. He hit me in my face. You make your assumption. He swung and hit me in my face. I felt something. He swung. I felt it in my face."

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