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05/01/2011 - 6:53pm
Ref: Pierce 'directed profanity towards Wade'

MIAMI -- Veteran NBA referee Dan Crawford -- the crew chief in Sunday's Game 1 between the Heat and Celtics -- spoke to a pool reporter following the 99-90 Miami win to address the technical fouls given to Paul Pierce. Pierce was ejected in the fourth quarter with 7:00 remaining after exchanging words with Dwyane Wade. 

"It's [the second technical] what we call a verbal taunt," Crawford said. "He directed profanity towards Wade. And in the rulebook, that is a verbal taunt. And it just so happened to be Pierce's second technical foul."

Pierce collected his first technical a minute earlier, appearing to use his head to make contact with James Jones after Jones fouled Pierce.

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

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05/01/2011 - 6:42pm
Doc: Heat 'chippy' in Game 1

MIAMI-- Doc Rivers met with the media following the Celtics' 99-90 Game 1 loss to the Heat on Sunday. Rivers was asked about the two technical fouls called on Paul Pierce in the fourth quarter, leading to Pierce's ejection. Pierce was handed his first technical foul after being fouled by James Jones, and received his second after exchanging words with Dwyane Wade after Wade pushed Pierce as he was attempting to set a screen on the baseline.

"I thought both [Jones and Wade fouls] were flagrant fouls, and I don't think we should have reacted to either one," said Rivers. "I thought that James Jones was a clear flagrant, he went right for the head and grabbed. I thought Wade's was an absolute flagrant. He had no intentions and he was just trying to run through Paul. ... I thought both were really absolutely flagrant fouls that should have been called."

Rivers was asked if he had anticipated such a physical game between the two teams...

05/01/2011 - 5:36pm
Crawford: 'Big weight off my shoulders'

 

Red Sox leftfielder Carl Crawford had arguably the biggest hit of his short tenure in Boston Sunday when he punched a walk-off single up the middle off Seattle reliever Jamey Wright in the bottom of the ninth to lead the home team to a 3-2 win. The single scored Jed Lowrie, who had reached third base after Seattle rightfielder Ichiro Suzuki lost the ball in the afternoon Fenway sun. The walk-off was Crawford's seventh in his 10-year career but was his first for Boston since signing with the team last winter.

Crawford had been struggling in the early going with .155 batting average in April and had been moved from the top of the lineup all the way to eighth by the end of the month. After the game, he displayed his hope that the walk-off could lead to bigger and better things down the road. 

"Everything I hit, it seems like it’s an out," said Crawford. "So to see it get through it’s like a big weight was...

05/01/2011 - 5:22pm
Heat upend C's to take Game 1 win

Miami got 38 points from Dwyane Wade and Paul Pierce was tossed midway through the fourth quarter after picking up his second technical foul as the Heat collected a 99-90 win over the Celtics in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Sunday afternoon in Miami.

Boston and Miami went back-and-forth in the early going, but the Heat stretched that lead to 15 at the break at as much as 19 in the second half. The Celtics battled back and cut the advantage to single digits in the second half, but couldn't get over the hump. Boston's comeback attempt was hindered when Piece was tossed after picking up his second technical midway through the fourth quarter, sending the Celtics' captain to the locker room with 19 points on the afternoon.

Ray Allen finished with 25 points to lead Boston, while James Jones had 25 for the Heat.

Game 2 is Tuesday in Miami at 7 p.m. For more Celtics news, check out...

05/01/2011 - 5:16pm
Pierce ejected in Game 1 vs. Heat

Paul Pierce was ejected from Game 1 of the Celtics’ Eastern Conference semifinal series against Miami after picking up two technical fouls on separate plays in the fourth quarter.

Pierce was whistled for his first technical with roughly eight minutes left when he mixed it up with Miami’s James Jones, who had just committed a hard foul on Pierce. Approximately one minute later, he tangled with Dwyane Wade and was quickly called for his second, resulting in his ejection.

It was the second playoff ejection of his career, the other coming against Indiana in 2005.

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