Getting into your opponent’s head is a figure of speech used throughout sports, but last night we saw firsthand just how effective it can be. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett were staged in a classic battle last night on both sides of the floor. There was shoving, bearhugs, elbows, and double technicals. It reached a boiling point for Anthony after the C’s were able to pull away for the win, while the Knicks star battled through a 6-for-26 night, concluding with Anthony waiting by the Celtics bus at the end of the night. Here’s a video retrospective on how everything developed on the night:
Carmelo’s fifth foul, followed by a hard slap after the whistle. Most other players probably would have received some kind of T here, but since Anthony already had one, they likely let it slide.
Carmelo’s heading towards the Celtics tunnel immediately after the postgame buzzer, despite the best efforts of Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace to dissuade him otherwise.
Exclusive video of Carmelo Anthony (Via CSNNE.com) waiting outside the Celtics team bus. The best part of the video? Rajon Rondo just hanging out close by.
In case you were wondering what any fight might have looked like, let’s not forget how Melo acted the last time things got really physical at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks and Celtics face off at the TD Garden on January 24th in a TNT game. Circle your calendars folks.