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No fine or suspension for Kevin Garnett after Mavericks game

02.05.11 at 7:20 pm ET
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The NBA has decided not to slap Kevin Garnett with any further punishment after Friday night’s game with the Mavericks, according to a league rep. Garnett was assessed a technical foul after a play in which he was fouled by the Mavs’ J.J. Barea. In the ensuing scuffle, Garnett shoved aside referee Eric Lewis who had stepped between them.

The NBA did upgrade a Garnett personal foul from late in the second quarter to a flagrant-1. The NBA defines a flagrant-1 foul as anything that as any contact that is “unnecessary.” A flagrant-2 is “unnecessary and excessive contact,” and is grounds for an automatic ejection.

This is the second incident in the last week for Garnett, who was ejected from the Phoenix Suns game last Friday after low-blowing Channing Frye. That led Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry to say he had lost respect for Garnett. Garnett wrote in a blog post for his sneaker company Anta, that he would, “never apologize,” for how he plays.

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