It was Kevin Garnett’s turn to carry the Celtics to a win in game six. But his best performance may have come after the game.
Garnett finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks. Those are heady numbers, but it was less that he dominated the game, and that, like Paul Pierce in game two, he kept the Celtics afloat when they risked slipping under and surfacing back in Atlanta.
Garnett was the only guy on the team who was on from tip to buzzer. Pierce outplayed Joe Johnson but struggled with his mobility and defense due to his sprained MCL, Rajon Rondo was no more than ordinary and Ray Allen (1-7) wasn’t even that good. Garnett owned this night when no one else in green could.
After the game, KG took some time to rebut some recent comments from Atlanta Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon, Jr., who took a little shot at Garnett from a luncheon he was attending between games five and six. Good rule of thumb here: if you’re spewing trash talk from a luncheon, you might be setting yourself up for trouble.
“…we don’t get any calls, which I know everybody always hears. But I’ll give you a stat. Last night, we are playing this old physical team. They are old. I know what happens when you play basketball, old guys foul. [Kevin] Garnett is the dirtiest guy in the league. We are playing Boston last night and they had two fouls the whole first half. We had five times that and we’re athletic.”
Garnett’s response is in the video below, courtesy Ben Rohrbach of WEEI.
(Relevant quotes follow in text form in the event you need to copy-paste and email your friends).
“First off I want to say thank you to the owner of the Hawks for giving me some extra gas tonight. My only advice to him is next time he opens his mouth, actually know what you’re talking about in terms of x’s and o’s, versus checks and bottom lines.
“We’re not dirty. You have to understand the word dirty in this game is very defined. Trying to hurt guys….ill intent. That’s not how we play basketball. We play very very respectable to the opponent, to the city. I play with a lot of passion and with force. It’s the playoffs. I haven’t been here trying to hurt anybody and neither have my teammates. I found that comment to be a little rude and out of hand, and I wanted to address it.”