April 16, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Boston Celtics center Kendrick Perkins will not face a suspension for an elbow that hit Orlando's Mickael Pietrus in the chin and throat and drew a flagrant one foul.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed in an e-mail Saturday that the league reviewed the play and it stands as called. Replays showed Perkins hit Pietrus while the two were battling for position away from the ball in the fourth quarter of Game 3.
The Magic already have had two players suspended this postseason. Dwight Howard was suspended for elbowing Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert in the head in their first-round series, and Rafer Alston sat out Game 3 against Boston after slapping Eddie House in the back of the head.
The Celtics trail the Magic 2-1. Game 4 is Sunday in Orlando.
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