Thursday, February 10, 2011
Flagrant tracker: Pierce upgraded vs. 'Cats
By Chris Forsberg
Kent Smith/NBAE/Getty ImagesCeltics captain Paul Pierce avoided a flagrant foul call on the court for a hard foul on Gerald Wallace in the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, but upon video review by the NBA, the call has been upgraded to a flagrant 1.
Paul Pierce and Gerald Wallace mixed it up often on Monday.
After Eduardo Najera knocked the ball free from Kevin Garnett's hands, he fed Wallace in transition. Pierce chased him down and delivered a hard foul, spilling into the baseline area with 4:09 to play in the game. Referees briefly conferenced, but did not award the flagrant call. Wallace made one of two free throws, keeping it a one-possession game with Charlotte out front, 82-79.
The Bobcats went on to win, 94-89.
For the Celtics, this is the second flagrant upgrade in recent days. Upon video review, Kevin Garnett earned a flagrant 1 for putting a shoulder into Tyson Chandler while running up the the court during a second-quarter possession in a lost to the Mavericks last Friday that drew no whistle on the floor.
In January, Shaquille O'Neal also had a foul upgraded to a flagrant for an incident in a win over Toronto on Jan. 7. O'Neal boasts a team-high two flagrant points; Pierce, Glen Davis, and Nate Robinson have one apiece. Suspensions don't begin until after five points are accrued.