As J.J. Barea predicted last night that it would, that flagrant foul type 2 he received for throwing himself into Miami's Ray Allen got downgraded to a flagrant foul type 1 today by the NBA.
He got an automatic ejection when the officials reviewed what he called a "little bump" on Allen after Allen drove on him, extended an arm shiver and Barea staggered backward, as he has been known to do, without a foul called.
"The NBA did a good job looking at it, making sure," Barea said after practice Tuesday morning. "It wasn' t that bad."
He missed the game's final eight minutes after being ejected.
In that time, the Heat turned a six-point lead into a 15-point bulge, thanks in part to two free throws for Barea's flagrant foul and another free throw after Rick Adelman got a technical for protesting the officials' decision.
Barea left after a 1-for-11 shooting night.
"I wasn't that mad," he joked. "The way I was shooting it, I was like, `Get me out of here.' They did me a favor."
Said Adelman: "I expected it. What (Golden State's) Jarrett Jack did in a game a week ago was far worse than that. I expected that to happen. It doesn't change the course of the game last night, which is an unfortunate thing. At least they did change it."
Adelman also said this after practice today.
"You notice he wore his sleeveless shirt today to show off his muscles. Maybe he's looking for a new career."
One other thing from practice:
* Both Andrei Kirilenko (strained calf) and Nikola Pekovic (abdomnial strain) will be held out of all three games this week -- at least through Sunday's gmae against Dallas -- to let their injuries heal before they're re-evaluated on Monday.
Adelman has started Mickael Gelabale at Kirilenko's small-forward spot and Greg Stiemsma at Pekovic's center spot the last two games, but he played Dante Cunningham and Derrick Williams together as his forwards a lot Monday against the Heat, so that's another way he could go.