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Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:18 am
 
The story of Game 1 of the Heat-Celtics first-round series should have been the way Boston stifled Dwyane Wade in the second half and found the defensive dominance that led them to the 2008 title. The Celtics were back Saturday night -- until Kevin Garnett's elbow got in the way, twice, with 39 seconds left.

Now, the question is a legitimate one: Will KG be suspended for Game 2?

Another question is, should he be?

Taking all the usual factors into consideration, I think the answers are no, and no. But after beating the Heat 85-76 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, these are questions the Celtics shouldn't have to be contemplating.

You've seen the replays by now, and if nothing else, it should be clear that this was just an example of Garnett's typical bluster and machismo going too far. Hindered by a leg injury and all that mileage, Garnett has become a caricature of himself -- a woofing, cussing, emotional tinder box that on Saturday night kindled a fire that couldn't have been more unnecessary.

Anyone who knows Quentin Richardson -- and Garnett should know him by now, Q-Rich has been in the NBA for nine years -- would know that he approached the sideline in front of the Miami bench strictly out of concern for fallen Celtic Paul Pierce. As Pierce lay writhing in pain after sustaining a stinger on his right shoulder, Richardson immediately walked over to check on him.

"I just thought Q was standing over him talking some nonsense," Garnett said afterward.

KG, taking issue with somebody talking nonsense? Please.

Garnett immediately shoved Richardson out of the way, a course of action with which Richardson, to no one's surprise, took issue. Talking and jostling ensued, and things escalated into a full-scale shoving match immediately after Garnett connected with a vicious elbow to Richardson's face.

Garnett was assessed two technical fouls -- one for the initial shove and the talking, and a second for the elbow -- and was ejected. The issue now is whether the league office will/should take further action against the Celtics' big mouthed big man.

A few factors to consider: No one other than Pierce was injured in the fracas. The benches didn't clear, although it was difficult to determine what was going on with the Miami bench since Pierce had fallen into it. No punches were thrown, as far as I could see on the various replays.

It would be perfectly reasonable for league disciplinary czar Stu Jackson to conclude that the only harm in this situation was punished by the game officials, who dealt with Garnett appropriately after viewing the replays. But there are a couple of things I'd be concerned about if I were Doc Rivers or Danny Ainge: The league often considers whether contact is "unnecessary" or "excessive," and whether there is a windup before contact was made. Garnett's second elbow could reasonably fit all three criteria.

It also satisfied another definition of conduct that often is punished further by the league office: It escalated a tense situation into something else -- a full-fledged shoving match that easily could have resulted in punches being thrown.

The fact that it didn't result in punches being thrown is good for the Celtics. But the fact that it could have, I think, means that the next 18 hours or so will be accompanied by the appropriate amount of nervousness in New England.

All things considered, I don't think Garnett will be or should be suspended for Game 2. But if he is, I wouldn't object. And Garnett would only have himself to blame.


Comments

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:51 pm
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

"Honest Mr. Rooney, other than the perfect drawings this 20 year old can make of my pecker pointing to the ceiling as I walked down the hall at her there is nothing that warrants these charges of sexual assault and impropriety on my part."  Ben Rothlisberger



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

"Honest Elin other than a bazillion women who claim to have had sex with me and these text messages there is nothing that warrants the conclusion that I was unfaithful."  Tiger Woods



Since: Aug 22, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Otherr than the elbow, there was nothing that occured that warrants supspension."

Huh?  What kind of logic is that?

Other then two intentional elbows, one to the face, there's nothing that warrants suspension?

How's that?

Other than two activities each that warrants suspension, there's nothing that warrants suspension?


Your honor, other than the bullet hole riden body there is nothing that warrants these murder charges.....



Lol, nice analogy.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:38 pm
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

"for leaving the bench"

They HAD to leave the bench.  The thing happened at and on their bench.  It was unsafe to sit there and not leave the bench.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:37 pm
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

"Otherr than the elbow, there was nothing that occured that warrants supspension."

Huh?  What kind of logic is that?

Other then two intentional elbows, one to the face, there's nothing that warrants suspension?

How's that?

Other than two activities each that warrants suspension, there's nothing that warrants suspension?


Your honor, other than the bullet hole riden body there is nothing that warrants these murder charges.....




Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:20 pm
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

yes he did. god point my friend. as much as i believe KG should'nt be sat for game 2, i am sure he will be. i'll be honest the only reason i believe this is because i am also a celtics fan not because it isnt fair, it is. as far as dwight's suspension last year, that was a little over board. oh well, the celtics will still win game 2 and more than likely sweep the over matched heat. this might be a very interesting series.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Your post is the real joke here. What was KG protecting Pierce from ? It didn't look to me like Richardson was coming over to talk trash or harm Pierce so your argument is BS. No, I do  not think KG should be suspended but it would be nice to see Pierce sit out a game since he started the whole thing by flopping around on the ground like a fish, although we all know he was not hurt. He's a great player but that little act is aging faster than the Celts.

As far as James and Wade breaking the rules, they may get a few calls but all the stars do. You're drunk man, go sleep it off.




Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:54 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

The pain he dishes out on driving to the basket?  That's a good one.  Keep cryng Gator - it's what you do best.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:52 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Garnett has to be suspended not because he in jured someone but because the elbow was vicious enough that it easily could have injured the recipient. It was just luck that there were no broken teeth or broken jaw/ facial bones. If Garnett gets away with this, it turns many previous suspensions into jokes.

Otherr than the elbow, there was nothing that occured that warrants supspension. The Heat bench players were already on site so did not leave their bench and their involvement wass mostly as peace makers. The initial words between Richardson and KG did not step over the line either- not nice but not suspensionable.



Since: Apr 8, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:51 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Clowns like James and Wade?  You are a buffoon.  Keep crying about your over the hill thug and his Geritol injesting teammates.  You're done - move on.


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