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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 12, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 3:55 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

No suspension, there were enough penalties & punishment from what I saw to end it there, fine all of them though:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEymT8g_6HY

There can be several players suspended just as easily ? I'm seeing the bench messing with Garnett too. What a mess, Heat were obviously frustrated after being shut down in the 3rd and 4th quarter. When an opposing player is down like that, give the injured the room/space. Not like the injury timeout benefitted either team.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 3:29 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

i dont care either way, but Im still confused as to how Rondo got away with all his stuff without a suspension, hmmm apparently its ok to clothsline someone as long as you say you were going for the ball....thats cute. On a side note I hope Boston makes it to play cleveland in round two, as much as i dislike the celtics, i know that garnett and co will actually foul James and make him feel the pain he dihes out on a nightly basis.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:48 am
 

Horrible comparison

Maybe I'm wrong, but it sounds like you're comparing traveling or palming the ball to throwing your elbow into another person's face. The real culprit in all of this is Pierce, who acted like he had died, instead of just gotten knocked down. The stinger was so horrible that he was able to pop right up after the scrum and finish the game! 
Lying on the ground without moving is, however, what we have come to expect from NBA divas who want the game to be about them and not the team.
I guess I shouldn't doubt you, though, because if you watch the WWF you certainly know how to recognize crappy entertainment.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:30 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Rewind a few years.  Jason Terry got suspended for waaaaay less.  Oh let's not forget that Stack also got suspended for waaaay less. 

Nothing will happen. Don't you remember Rondo last year. All these other guys did NOT play for Boston. You can take it to the bank there will be no suspension, just more questions about the integrity of the NBA.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:22 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Anyone who knows -- 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 . As Pierce lay writhing in pain after sustaining a stinger on his right shoulder, Richardson immediately walked over to check on him.
Well, obviuously you don't know Quentin Richardson.  Come on Berger, you can't be that ignorant, Richardson hates Paul Pierce and the Celtics, it goes back to Q's time with the Knicks.  It's well documented.



Don't try to paint him out to be Mother Teresa.  By his own admission Q claimed he was going over there to inbound the ball, but it was a timeout, so that's a load of nonsense.  If he really gave a crap about Pierce he would have went to his bench by going around Pierce instead of trying to step over him.  KG should probably get a one game suspension for the elbow, thast was uncalled for.  It seems dudes have gotten one gamers for alot less.  But spare everyone this Quentin the Samaritan gibberish.











Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:19 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

The NBA is a JOKE.
So why are you still watching? Go watch soccer or golf.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:07 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

Dwight threw an elbow that didn't even connect and he got suspended. we will see what happens I guess



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 2:01 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

I was at the game and what we saw was G protecting The Truth. Richardson had no reason to go over to The Truth. The league will suspend G yet will allow clowns like wade and james to continuously break the rules by traveling, palming the ball and commitiing 20 fouls a game. The NBA is a JOKE. The WWF is more realistic and less fixed.


ColonelAnguz
Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:48 am
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Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:29 am
 

Will Garnett be suspended for Game 2?

IF KG doesn't get suspended David Stern is a damn crook. Dwight got suspened for the same type of Elbow and same with Fisher.

KG will be suspended and the Heat will win game 2 Berger.


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