No punishment for Pierce

MIAMI — Paul Pierce will not be punished any further after being ejected from yesterday’s 99-90 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Pierce was issued two technical fouls in a 59 second span for separate altercations with James Jones and Dwyane Wade. The incident with Wade got him ejected, but during his dust-up with Jones, the two got face to face with Pierce pushing his face into Jones’s.

Lead official Dan Crawford determined that Pierce’s action wasn’t a head-butt, however, this afternoon, Pierce sounded concerned, saying he expected to have a conversation with league officials.

Pierce scored 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting in the loss, before being ejected with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter.


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