Hayes will have a full recap on the Christmas theatrics shortly, but in the interim, I wanted to throw this question out there, since I don’t think there is a clear answer.
On one hand, this was the end of the game, a heat of the moment exchange by Garnett after a tough loss. It was also likely provoked by some Bill Walker trash talk after KG’s missed jumper.
On the other hand, that should not excuse KG. Garnett was clearly the aggressor here. He made a strong slap/grab toward Walker’s throat before being saved by Baron Davis of all people. Normally, you would think the NBA would just shrug something like this off if it was just a shove, but this –as the video shows — is a little more than that. Certainly worthy of a fine for KG’s wallet and perhaps a bit more.
For now, I lean towards the no column as far as a suspension goes, especially since it’s likely Garnett was fouled on the play as well. With that said, I wouldn’t be surprised if KG gets more than a slap on the wrist for this.
Whatever the result, the Big Ticket has to be smarter in this situation. This team is shorthanded as is without Paul Pierce, while heading into another tough matchup on South Beach Tuesday night. Take Garnett out of that equation and you can all but pencil in a 0-2 start for Boston.
For now, I’m curious to hear everyone’s opinion on this. Will Garnett be suspended and/or fined for this hit? And should he be?