Pierce sorry for eject; no further discipline

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce expressed remorse Monday for letting his teammates down by getting ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat in an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

A league official indicated that there would be no further punishment against Pierce for his actions, ensuring his presence in Tuesday's Game 2.

"I was more disappointed in letting my teammates down," Pierce said Monday on the campus of the University of Miami while addressing reporters for the first time since earning two double technicals in a span of 59 seconds, resulting in his automatic ejection with seven minutes remaining in Sunday's 99-90 loss. "That's the first thing I said when I went to the locker room. When you put yourself in a situation that you can control and it hurts your team, that's what I was most upset about, and I can't do that. I'm too important to this team to be putting myself in those situations."

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