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Paul Pierce ejected after screen on Dwyane Wade

Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2011 1:56 am
 
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce was ejected after setting a screen on Dwyane Wade. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Any time an All-Star is ejected from a pivotal playoff game, there's bound to be controversy. But Sunday's Game 1 showdown between Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will have people talking for days.

With Miami leading 87-74 at the 7:00 mark of the fourth quarter, Pierce set a pair of screens on Wade. After the second screen, Wade was whistled for a foul for running into Pierce and the two All-Stars exchanged some words. Without hesitation, the baseline official, Ed Malloy, whistled a double technical on both players. 

The only problem? Pierce had received a technical earlier in the game for getting into the face of Heat forward James Jones. By rule, Pierce was ejected from the game for receiving his second technical foul. 

For a full explanation of both technicals on Pierce from Dan Crawford, Sunday's officiating crew chief, click here. Regarding the second technical, Crawford stated: "It's what we call a verbal taunt. He directed profanity towards (Dwyane) Wade. And in the rulebook, that is a verbal taunt. And it just so happened to be Pierce's second technical foul." 

For more on the post-game reaction to the call, read this column by Jamey Eisenberg for CBSSports.com.

Here's video of the screen and scene that got Pierce tossed. 



Pierce left the game with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Paul Pierce ejected after screen on Dwyane Wade

Technicals should never been called. This is the NBA playoffs were men play and woof at each other. The officials began to lose control of the posturing when Pierce got called for an illegal screen in the 1st quarter, on that play he was blatently pushed out of bounds bu Wade causing the illegal screen and the officials did nothing. Plays like that just stoke the fire. As for the double T with Jones Jones never should be talking trash. Giving the devil his due he had a great game but players of his stature shouldn't be woofing with All-Stars.



Since: May 1, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Paul Pierce ejected after screen on Dwyane Wade

    Like in every pro sports.The playoffs is all i watch.I enjoy the competitive behavior of the players.i dont enjoy refs overreacting.






Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Paul Pierce ejected after screen on Dwyane Wade




Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Paul Pierce ejected after screen on Dwyane Wade

* despise



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Paul Pierce ejected after screen on Dwyane Wade

For the official to throw out Pierce, he should have had to do more than exchange some words with Wade. Yes, he did get into Jones' face earlier in the game, and it could be that the ref did not want Pierce to think he could get away with being confrontational. However, the ref was extremely quick to react the way he did, and tossing Pierce was the wrong move. Perhaps he didn't want the words to escalate further, maybe he thought that the playoff atmosphere would illicit a fight. Who knows. Either way, I'm sure the NBA will review the ruling and hopefully give us better insight into what appears to be a very poor judgement call on the part of the ref. 



Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: May 1, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Paul Pierce ejected after screen on Dwyane Wade

I despite the Celtics but that was absolute garbage.  Just more terrible NBA officiating.  What do you expect? 


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