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LOS ANGELES — Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said that the team appealed the first of the forward Jared Sullinger’s two Flagrant 1 fouls Tuesday against Denver, and that, after reviewing the call, the NBA decided Wednesday to overturn it.
It’s an important decision from the Celtics’ perspective. Before it came down, Sullinger had five Flagrant 1 fouls this season, one short of a one-game suspension, according to NBA rules.
But now, Sullinger is back to four Flagrant 1 fouls. However, if he is whistled for a more serious Flagrant 2 foul, he will be suspended for one game.
“I’m just out there trying to protect my teammates,’’ Sullinger said. “I’ve just got be more careful.’’