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Pierce: “I was more upset about letting my teammates down. I’m too important to this team.”

Paul Pierce spoke to reporters prior to practice today.  The tweet below is the quote from the official Celtics Twitter feed:

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Ken Berger of CBSSports.com posted the following update as well:

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Finally, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE posted the following quotes from Pierce:

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Stay tuned for updates later on from the NBA offices regarding further (if any) actions are taken against Pierce.

UPDATE: Gary Dzen of the Boston Globe provided more quotes from Paul Pierce, which can be read HERE.

UPDATE #2: Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston posted the following video of Paul Pierce's comments from practice today:

 

FINAL UPDATE: Per Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe, there will be no further disciplinary action against Paul Pierce:

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  • Pretty hard for PP not to retaliate after JJ’s arms wrapped him around the neck. The fact that a flagrant wasn’t called was criminal, but the real crime was the ref throwing him out for a ‘verbal taunt’. True enough he should have kept his cool after being teed up, but using that logic any official could kick anyone out of the game for “taunting” on any given possession.

  • Which official blew the call on the non-flagrant? Was it Malloy? That’s my recollection, but I’m so boiling angry at his consistent afternoon-long incompetence that I may be off-base.

  • the NBA should also upgrade Jones’ foul to a flagrant one

  • Yes it was Malloy on both technicals.

  • Clearly, then, the league’s seen the tapes and the non-action is what we’ll get publicly.
    I haven’t seen a worse performance than Malloy’s by an NBA official since Bennett Salvatore’s overtly pro-Piston work in game 6 of the 2008 ECF.

  • They should have rescinded the second tech, have the teams replay the last 6:59 when the tech occurred with Paul still available, and immediately fire Ed Malloy – and call the FBI to investigate any links he might have with sports betting schemes.