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No fine or suspension for Kevin Garnett after Mavericks game

The NBA has decided not to slap Kevin Garnett [1] 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 [2] game last Friday after low-blowing Channing Frye [3]. That led Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry to say he had lost respect for Garnett [4]. Garnett wrote in a blog post for his sneaker company Anta, that he would, “never apologize [5],” for how he plays.