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The Boston Celtics confirmed the team has been fined $30,000 by the NBA for excessive contact with the family of Texas star freshman and likely lottery draft pick Kevin Durant.Â General Manager Danny Ainge sat next to Durantâ€™s mother during the Big 12 tournament.Â The league said Ainge violated rules demanding that contact be kept to a minimum between team executives and potential NBA draft picks, until college players officially declare for the draft.
Heat guard Gary Payton missed Miamiâ€™s game with Orlando with a strained right groin.Â His status is day to day, the team said.
All-Star guard Chauncy Billups missed Detroitâ€™s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks because of a groin injury.Â â€œI had a pretty good indication he wasnâ€™t going to go when I saw him walk in,â€ Pistons coach Flip Saunders said before the game.Â â€œHe had on a really nice suit, so I suspected he knew heâ€™d be wearing it on the bench.Â
Knicks reserve Malik Rose was hit with a technical foul while sitting on the bench in the first quarter.
Miami has lost only twice in 42 home games during February and March since Shaquille Oâ€™Neal was Acquired three years ago.