Sullinger's latest flagrant upheld

January, 9, 2014
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The NBA upheld the latest flagrant foul assessed to Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger, leaving him on the cusp of a one-game suspension for his next transgression.

Sullinger was tagged with three flagrant-1 fouls during two losses against the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers. The league downgraded the first of those infractions -- a hard foul on J.J. Hickson in transition -- but upheld both an elbow to the head of Kenneth Faried on Tuesday and contact to the head of Blake Griffin on Wednesday.

That leaves Sullinger with a league-high five flagrant fouls. With his next upheld flagrant, he'll receive a mandatory one-game ban.

The league defines a flagrant-1 foul as "unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent." Sullinger argued that he tried to pull off Griffin while defending a baseline drive on Wednesday, but the recent rash of flagrants called against him likely didn't aid his cause upon review.

For more on Sullinger's flagrant woes, hop HERE.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Isaiah Thomas
PTS AST STL MIN
18.9 5.3 0.6 26.3
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Sullinger 8.1
AssistsI. Thomas 5.3
StealsM. Smart 1.4
BlocksJ. Sullinger 0.7