Referee says 'verbal taunt' got Pierce tossed

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Referee says 'verbal taunt' got Pierce tossed

By A.Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

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."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached atsblakely@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

Bradley could miss 'a little more time' with Achilles injury

BOSTON – Wednesday’s 117-106 loss to the New York Knicks was the fifth time in the last six games that Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley was out because of a right Achilles injury.

Well, it appears the 6-foot-2 guard may miss a few more with this injury.

“I can see him missing a little more time,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following Wednesday’s loss. “I just think maybe he came back a little bit too early, whatever the case may be.”

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Bradley was expected to play against the Knicks, but was a last-minute scratch.

Celtics big man Al Horford said he didn’t find out Bradley was out until the team was on the floor doing pre-game warmups and he didn’t see him.

“He was really sore,” Stevens said of Bradley. “Went through our walk-through and then came on to the court and did some stuff and was more sore today than he has been. I think he did treatment the whole game.”

This latest setback for Bradley is part of a growing narrative that has dogged him throughout his career which has included him missing games to injury in each of his six-plus NBA seasons.

Bradley came into this season once again hoping to be as injury-free as possible, only to see that dream dashed with this right Achilles strain he's suffering with currently.

Still, there’s no downplaying the significance and value the Celtics have in the 26-year-old. This season, he is second on the Celtics in scoring at 17.7 points per game and leads them in rebounds with 6.9 per game with both being career highs. In addition, he averages just under 35 minutes per game which is also tops on the team.

Marcus Smart has been Stevens’ choice to replace Bradley in the starting lineup when Bradley has been unavailable, and that’s not likely to change between now and Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.