INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Antoine Walker was questioned by NBA vice president Stu Jackson on Friday but the Boston forward refused to say what he was told about the possibility of being suspended for grabbing a referee during an angry confrontation with Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal.
Walker, who had 14 points and nine rebounds, was ejected following his second technical Thursday night after a hard foul on O’Neal with just over four minutes to go. During the confrontation, Walker grabbed referee Tom Washington by the arm in an attempt to move him out of the way. O’Neal shoved Walker in the chest, but no punches were thrown.
“Next question. … Next question,” Walker kept repeating when asked about his telephone conversation with Jackson. “It’s none of your business.’
O’Neal, still bothered by a sprained right shoulder he injured late in the regular season, also received a technical but remained in the game and finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Pacers won 99-76 to go up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Saturday night, and the series will return to Boston for Game 5 on Tuesday.