CLEVELAND - Detroit Pistons forward Antonio McDyess will not be further penalized by the NBA for his rough foul in the first quarter on Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao in Game 5 on Thursday night.
McDyess received a flagrant-2 foul after he unexpectedly clotheslined Varejao under the basket and was ejected. On Friday, league spokesman Tim Frank said McDyess will not face any more discipline.
That’s good news for the Pistons, who trail 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals going into Saturday’s Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena. One of Detroit’s top reserves, McDyess played just four minutes in the Pistons’ 109-107 double-overtime loss.
McDyess’ hard foul on Varejao drew a passionate response from Cleveland’s LeBron James, who jumped over his fallen teammate and tried to confront McDyess as the referees and other players tried to keep order.
James was given a technical foul for charging after McDyess.
McDyess’ ejection forced Pistons coach Flip Saunders to alter his rotations and he had to play Jason Maxiell and Dale Davis more than usual. James was able to exploit Maxiell, twice driving around the second-year forward for dunks down the stretch on his way to a career playoff-high 48 points.
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