Paul Pierce Will Not Be Suspended After Head Butt In Celtics' Game 1 Loss To Heat

Paul Pierce will not be suspended for his apparent head butt on James Jones in the Boston Celtics' Game 1 loss against the Miami Heat on Sunday, reports Paul Flannery of WEEI.com.

Pierce earned a technical foul after he was tangled with Jones after the Heat wing fouled the Celtics' star on a jumper attempt in the fourth quarter. Pierce appeared to head butt Jones, but replay showed only a glancing blow that Jones sold very, very well. Moments later, Pierce earned a second technical and an automatic ejection for taunting Dwyane Wade after a couple of collisions in the halfcourt.

Players usually earn suspensions for head butts, but the NBA apparently didn't believe that Pierce's hit wasn't vicious enough to earn more punishment than the tech. Zaza Pachulia of the Atlanta Hawks was ejected and suspended for one game last week after a scuffle with Jason Richardson of the Orlando Magic, but that incident escalated.

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