NBA Comments on Fouls by Ron Artest, Kendrick Perkins
Also, the NBA downgraded Ron Artest’s flagrant foul against Pau Gasol in Friday night’s Lakers-Rockets game from a flagrant-2 to a flagrant-1.
NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson said the Perkins-Pietrus play did not fit the criteria for a suspendable offense.
Perkins elbowed Pietrus early in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 117-96 defeat.
"I was just trying to fight through a screen. It wasn’t like I was trying to hurt him or elbow him in his mouth or nothing like that, I was just trying to fight through the screen and ended up hitting him," Perkins said.
NBA rules call for the automatic ejection of a player who strikes an opponent above the shoulders with an elbow or a punch, but Perkins was not tossed from the game and the play was not reviewed because it did not involve a flagrant-2 foul.