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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.


Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:33 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

If KG is suspended, and he probably should - then there will be quite a few guys from the Heat that HAVE to be suspended for leaving the bench and interacting in the shoving match.  Since we are going by the rules - I saw at least 3 bench players on the court, if not more, from the Heat involved in that.  So I guess the question is, how far does it go?  So there is either going to be no suspensions or a handful.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:32 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

sense = cents

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:30 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

All things considered, if I were a Heat fan, and Garnett was not suspended, I would be irate. As a Cavs fan, the unbiased portion of me believes he deserves a 1 game suspension for several reasons. It was a dead ball occurence. It escalated the situation. There was clear, deliberate contact to the face of an opposing player. Now, that being said, I qon't think Q is guiltless in all of this. It was a classless act on his part to be over there in the 1st place. But, that doesn't give Garnett the right to clear out with an elbow in a non-gametime situation. Garnett's temper is to blame for this, and he should be punished as such. Thats just my 2 sense. Personally, I want the C's in the 2nd round anyway, so I have no hidden agenda here. 

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:15 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

If he doesn't get suspended then NBA fans should be upset. I remember a few years ago when Amare stepped one step on the floor when Steve Nash got shoved by Robert Horry and he got suspended a game and never even came close to anyone. The NBA has some stupid rules but if KG doesn't get suspended then there is something wrong. An elbow can do more damage on some cases than a punch can.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:12 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Garnett is an arrogant and ignorant human being.  If you know anything about him, then you should know he is a THUG.  He is way too intense when it comes to matters like this.  Richardson is a quiet, collected guy who was trying to see if Pierce was ok.  What Garnett was completely uncalled for and he should be suspended for AT THE LEAST 1 GAME!  Throwing an elbow is flat out intolerable in ANY situation.  Don't arrogant, ignorant people learn from other peoples' mistakes???  Bye bye Garnett and bye bye Celtics.  They aren't worth a damn this year anyways, their one year "reign" is over, and has been. 

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:56 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Berger is WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY OFF on this one!!! 1st he says it's just Garnetts "machismo going too far". what a (insert expeltive here) joke!!! Show me one "star" player in the NBA that DOESN'T have machismo...does that mean they all get a free elbow to some guys face??? Berger also says "Garnett connected with a vicious elbow to Richardson's face". How in the hell is that not worth a suspension??? I'm already a bigger fan of NCAA basketball but if Garnett is not suspended my NBA viewing days will be over!!!

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:14 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Should be.  And fined too.  Clearly the second elbow was an aggressive act and equal to a punch.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:22 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

I watch sitcoms too. That does not change the facts. NBA stars get treated different by the refs. It you do not believe that you are an idiot.

Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:16 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Im guessing the next story will be how guns were brought to the next game cuz it would seem thats how these NBAers solve disputes. The NBA is a joke! Never more evident than when a few years ago you had arguably one of the biggest stars in the league in Shaq, at some club coming up with some ridiculous "rap" asking Kobe, definately one of the NBAs biggest stars, "how my azz taste?" Yea, the league had to love that shining moment! Couple that with that ridiculous player-fan brawl a few years before that and its down right foolishly(and risky) throwing away money to go to one of these eye rollers!

Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 8:08 am

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Should Garnett be suspended for a shove?  No.  Should he be suspended for throwing an elbow?  Absolutely.  I understand a player wanting to defend a teammate, and a shove in the heat of battle is no big deal, but all too often these veterans who should know better show a total lack of self-control and cause full-scale bench clearings in which players can get seriously hurt.  Garnett has been in the league for over a decade, has played in numerous playoff games, and should know that he can't put himself and his team in a position in which he could get suspended for a playoff game.  He crossed the line and deserves to face the consequences.

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