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KG Ends Series, Rips Atlanta Owner

 

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.

Gearon:

“…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.”

  • DHC

    Dirty = Meta Idiot War! Dirty= Andrew Bynum! Dirty = Dwane Wade! Tell me when KG hurt someone!

    • ElRoz

      Word.

    • GowGow

      Well said.

    • James Patrick

      VERY well said. that guy was wicked stupid for saying that and KG made him pay. Hawks are goin' fishin'! We're going to the next round! See ya!

  • AussieCeltic

    Garnett, ever the sick kent

  • bruce vereen

    one of the best forwards ever!!! Check your stats

  • tbunny

    KG. Hell of a game. And good for him for acting like an adult when owners are acting like children.

  • High Rollers

    We had one game on all cylinders in the Atlanta series. Can we have some more, please?

  • High Rollers

    Peter May's prediction: "It is going to be a certifiable meat grinder."

  • High Rollers

    There's a back-to-back in this series, isn't there? Ugh.

    • Jman

      That's complete BS if that is true. There's no reason that there needs to be a back to back. I find it interesting that Miami and Indy are playing Sunday and they finished before the C's and Philly. I would think they would start on Sat and C's would be on Sun. I'm guessing Stern and Co. and ABC are looking for more viewers with the 3 pm show. lol

      • Jamie

        That's all ABC's doing. They want the Heat

    • Jamie

      Why? They're starting before every other 2nd round series

  • High Rollers

    Celts need to find a way for this to be an invigorating series.

  • Josh

    KG's performance was a delicious 5 course meal!!!!

  • Tom

    The celts are going to destroy the sixers and i wrote all about it on my blog so come by read and consider what i have to say if u wanna bet or enjoy the game!! http://nbawagers.com/2012/05/home-court-advantage

  • Herman

    KG – the ultimate professional – Gearon doesn't understand Hustle and Pride – has anyone ever seen KG nail anyone on the court – he may trash talk them to death, but so did Larry. My compliments to KG for his professional answer to the comment (both the game and the verbal one).

  • phreesh

    “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.”

    "Now I gotta roll. Me and Wilfred Brimley gonna party like it's 1999. Woot." Then he dropped his can of Ensure like a boss.

  • Switcharoo

    Yeah tough talk coming from a guy with a mouth full of money, probably never played a game in his life (might bend a finger nail). Props to KG for being cool with the comeback and tearing the Hawks a new one. Thats the thing with him man,you run your mouth piece like that at him and his comeback is to just kick up to another gear. So what does the walking wallet got to say about the Cs now?

    • rudy

      My bad I gave u a thumbs down instead of UP!!!!

  • rudy

    Gotta love the honesty better the BECKETT

  • James Patrick

    is it just me or are we going to the finals? ;)

  • Samantha

    Great professionalism by my boy KG just shows you how action goes a far way than an ignorant mouth piece!!!!!!!! Let's Go Celtics!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jake

    It is very much good to hear that you people actually play respecting the opponents. That is exactly what is required in a healthy game of basketball. I would be even more happy if continue keeping this code of conduct in future games too. http://www.poweredbusiness.com

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