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KG ban: Deserved and important

Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:26 pm
 
As I mentioned Saturday night, I'm a little surprised Kevin Garnett got suspended for his elbow to Quentin Richardson's head in Game 1 of the Heat-Celtics Series. Surprised, but not outraged.

Of all the factors I mentioned in trying to predict whether the league would suspend Garnett, the one that probably made the difference was the fact that Garnett's elbow was not thrown during the regular course of play. In other words, KG didn't inadvertently clip Q-Rich with an elbow while going for a rebound or contesting a shot. The league takes a more severe stance on extracurricular violence, and Garnett's outburst as he stood over injured teammate Paul Pierce certainly fell into that category.

In any event, the Celtics have no grounds to whine about this one. Garnett's bark has been bigger than his bite for more than a year, and this time he took a bite out of the Celtics' chances of winning this series. The fact that Garnett will miss Game 2 in Boston puts the Celtics in serious jeopardy of squandering home-court advantage. There's no one to blame but Garnett for that.

As much as I laughed upon learning that Richardson had called Garnett and Pierce "actresses" for their histrionics on the play in question, this is no laughing matter for the Celtics. They won Game 1 with stifling defense, keeping Dwyane Wade from beating them off the dribble for long stretches in the second half. I guess we'll find out how big a part of that Garnett was. My first reaction is that Wade will be more aggressive getting to the rim with the knowledge that Garnett won't be there waiting there for him.

But let's not forget this: The Celtics beat the Bulls in an epic first-round series without Garnett last year, and pushed Orlando to seven games without him, too. This is a team that knows how to overcome setbacks like this. They didn't win their 17th title two years ago for no good reason.

It's sort of funny that the player Boston will be relying on to step in for hothead Garnett is another renowned hothead, Rasheed Wallace. The recruiting visit that Doc Rivers, Danny Ainge, and the Big Three made to persuade Sheed to sign with them last summer never looked so important.





Comments

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2010 7:55 am
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

KG definitely deserved the ban, he should know better than to throw elbows in a siutuation like that, period.  I would be hard pressed to find any real celtics or basketball fan who would think otherwise.

This whole situation would have never happened if the ref called the one of the 2 fouls that happened right in front of him.  Hell Pierrce was pushed into the ref.   If you watch the replay you will see Pierce's neck bend at a really bad angle (as his head rammed into the ref) while his body was moving forward, my guess is he got a good stinger.  Anyone who has ever gotten one knows you all you want to do is stay still til the tingling & burning go away.

If the ref called the foul and stood there in front of Pierce nothing would have happened outside of some jawing.  Game on.  Instead he chose to let it go and look at what ensued.

Hopefully the ref who blew that call got his backside chewed off.

That said, I think we are in store for a pretty good game of hoops tonight.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 11:10 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

awesome job hater u dont know anything!!! poor 17 time champs wah!!!! sucks big time i hate it!! 17 times man that sucks!!
hopefully we can put on a whole play for u haters and win the whole thing!! ur right though NOBODY else tries to get fouls called when there is none, especially on ur team!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 11:05 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

its funny how  most of u talk about how biased celtics fans are. first of all KG took it like a man and accepted his punishment, said he would stick up for his teammates and no regrets. And i agree with his suspension, even though i thought there was alot of blame to go around for what happened. and yes i used to watch mahorn and laimbeer , and anyone who did knew they got away with alot of stuff back then, alot more than now. But this bull#$@ about how dirty the celtics are give me a break! So Richardson walks over to a guy helpin his player off the floor and starts mouthin off, KG says a few things back. Davis comes over to make sure nuthin happens and he starts gettin pushed around by a couple  of heat players..along with Garnett gettin pushed through all of em. Did he throw an elbow?  yes he did, sucks losin him for a game but i think alot of players would have reacted in that situation.  Davis got pushed the whole times with his hands in the air, so u really have to be kiddin me. Im just glad there were no fans nearby cause i know Jermaine Oneal  would have tried knockin em out, unless they were bigger than him.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 9:19 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

You have no idea what you are talking about.  They play hard team defense, plain and simple.  Constantly throwing elbows, throwing himself at knees, this is just garbage.  Do the world a favor, pull your lower lip over your head and swallow.  If you want to participate try contributing something of interest, not a bunch of sensationalist Laker fan BS.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 6:22 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

There is no way there would have been a suspension back then!  In fact I know so.  Lambeer elbowed Parish in the head in the conference finals in 87, and Parish responded by punching several times!  Neither player was fined or suspended!  They both got "T's"



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 6:18 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

That is an assinine comment.  Lambeer and Mahorn were a couple of hoods and proud of it. 



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 6:14 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

There's a big difference between talking smack to an opponent and talking smack to a guy looking out for a teammate who's lying on the floor potentially hurt on the sidelines.  Anyone with even a little class knows this.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2010 5:35 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

Berger shouldn't be surprised at the suspension.  The NBA has suspended players for elbows less severe than this one.Yes, Garnett earned his suspension. Like me, maybe Berger was just surprised because he thought the league started giving free passes to star players after the Dwight Howard freebie last year.



Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 2:31 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

The reason I mentioned Laimbeer and Mahorn is precisely because I am old enough to have seen them play.  Everybody romanticizes the 80's NBA like it was the WWE, but in reality, it was nothing like that.  Mahorn and Laimbeer threw elbows, yes, but to imply that what Garnett did wouldn't have drawn a suspension in the 80's is ludicrous.  And BTW, honestly as a Cavs fan I am more afraid of the Heat than I am of the Celtics.  Dwayne Wade could go off and win a game or 2 by himself.  No one on the Celtics can do that anymore.



Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 2:01 pm
 

KG ban: Deserved and important

I guess when you have no game like Q, you talk trash and act tough.  That is his only chance of sticking with a team.  Talking trash to a guy lying on the ground is where is career is these days.  Too bad too.  Big time talent,  5 cent head.


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