Referee says 'verbal taunt' got Pierce tossed


Referee says 'verbal taunt' got Pierce tossed

By A.Sherrod Blakely

MIAMI After Paul Pierce was ejected with seven minutes to play after picking up his second technical foul, there was confusion as to exactly what he did to warrant the second technical.

Here's the transcript of pool reporter's interview with the lead official, Danny Crawford, after the game.

Question: What did Paul Pierce do to merit the second technical foul with 7:00 remaining?

Crawford: "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."

Question: What did Pierce do for the technical foul after the Jones foul with 7:59 left?

Crawford: "The first technical foul, it was contact during a dead ball. He approached James Jones and got right in his face. There wasn't a head-butt, but he got right into his face after a hard foul."

Question: Why Jones merited a technical with 7:59 remaining?

Crawford: "We just looked at that. It was Jones' hard foul that pretty much precipitated Paul doing what he did. The technical foul on Jones will probably be looked at. He didn't do as much as we thought. We thought he got in and became aggressive or initiated. But after looking at the video, that's something that we'll have to look at again."

Question: And was Wade's technical for the foul, verbal taunting or otherwise?

Crawford: "He actually walked toward Pierce and that's why Wade received his; his walking toward Pierce and then Pierce's reaction to that."

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