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KG profanely upset with pro-Durant reffing

Apr 1, 2010, 2:08 AM EST

So long story short, Kevin Garnett was so upset about the officiating last night in Boston’s 109-104 loss to the Thunder in Boston last night that he dropped an F-bomb in his post-game presser (Warning: NSFW, courtesy of Red’s Army). He said he felt like they were playing “Michael (expletive) Jordan,” referencing Kevin Durant shot 15 free throws, the Celtics shot 17, a fact KG also commented on.

Two things on this. One, the Celtics ended up sending Durant to the line a lot not just because of superstar calls for the youngster, but because they wound up in the bonus fast, on account of poor decisions by the Celtics. The Celtics like to employ a physical, bruising, bullish strategy, ripping, tugging, bumping to establish their defensive presence. And 80% of the time, it works. But when it doesn’t, they don’t adapt to the changes in how the calls are being made. Instead they just keep doing things like when Rasheed Wallace splayed sideways for a rebound, hitting Nenad Krstic in the face, and drawing another foul. Then Sheed complained to the official (shocking, I know), which likely did nothing but exacerbate the situation.

The Celtics have to be able to adjust their game if the calls aren’t going to allow them to bully teams.

Second, let’s be clear. Durant did get superstar calls. And while it sucks for Boston, it’s not like Paul Pierce hasn’t gotten his fair share of draws along the way. In the meantime it’s yet another example of the startling growth from the young Thunder. Getting those calls at this stage in his career helps Durant out to a huge degree. Then again, if he doesn’t get them once the playoffs start, that could frustrate him to a large degree.

So what say you commenters? Is KG justified or should he just keep his mouth shut?

Oh, and where should the league send the money they’ll be collecting from Mr. Garnett in the coming days?

  1. Renato Afonso - Apr 1, 2010 at 6:07 AM

    Boston’s defense relies on “physical, bruising, bullish strategy, ripping, tugging, bumping”, as you said. Obviously, if the refs blow the whistle when they need to, then the other team starts going to the line…
    Also, when was the last time that KG set a non-moving screen? I really can’t remember…

  2. Sguy2130 - Apr 1, 2010 at 8:05 AM

    Awww…poor KG and the Celts aren’t getting all the generous calls they did in the past :(.
    Don’t worry, your senior discount will kick in soon enough KG.

  3. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2010 at 8:50 AM

    When the Celtics first acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett they (the players) thought they were going to create a Bill Russel type Celtics dynasty and now that they have been exposed as an aging flash in the pan they are acting like spoiled brats. KG is looking at the young guys like Durant and realizing his days as an NBA superstar are quickly coming to an end and he can’t accept it.

  4. 85celticsfan - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Did u actually watch the game or just the highlights?Because Kgs been killin it himself(finally)and durant shot two less freethrows than the whole celtics team,and without those gifts we would have won.

  5. jim - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Sorry, but KG is a shell of his former self. He still tries to act intimidating but his act has worn thin. It’s not surprising Durant shot 15 free throws. Apparently KG doesn’t watch the Thunder play. KD is one of the tops in the league at getting to the line. Part of it is the so-called “superstar” treatment (which really means, I don’t agree this guy was fouled), but he also draws alot of contact.
    I’m guessing some of this is frustration with watching the Celtics season slowly slip away.

  6. Anonymous - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    100% class
    Pierce and Garnett
    Sad to see two veteran guys, who have won a championship, display such unprofessionalism. They didnt seem to mention Jeff Green’s two clutch 3s to put the game away. Maybe that was the refs too?

  7. thomas - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Zaza Pachulia plays for the Atlanta Hawks. It would be hard for Rasheed to hit him in the face during a game against the Thunder. Not for a lack of trying i’m sure.

  8. 85celticsfan - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    The thunder is a very talented team but durant did get jordan calls,werent u watchin,those two green 3s were clutch,but we did outplay them most of the game.we were shootin over 70 percent most of the time for christ sake.Anyway enjoy your early exit from the postseason.And jim i dont think well have a problem with the damn heat,cmon

  9. 85celticsfan - Apr 1, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    i know cmon matt moore,get ur players right

  10. jax - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    25 fouls for the Celtics.
    21 fouls for the Thunder.
    There was a large discrepancy at the free throw line, but that was due to Boston getting a majority of their foul shots “and 1″ style.
    A difference of 4 fouls is minor. The ball just didn’t bounce the Celt’s way.
    Compare this to the Cavs/Bucks game last night…
    29 fouls for the Bucks.
    12 fouls for the Cavs.
    Now, THAT, is something worth complaining about.

  11. Pat - Apr 1, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    First, I’ll say that NBA games are almost always refereed pretty badly. Now, simply looking at the number of fouls called doesn’t really tell the whole story. I generally have low expectations for refs and generally expect players like Durant/Kobe/Lebron to get more calls, but I still left the building wondering about some of the calls Durant got. At one point, he got three FTs on a foul behind the three line when he was obviously not shooting. The way fouls were called was strange too. Staring the 2nd period, a lot of fouls were called on ticky-tack plays with contact barely made, and most of these were offensive fouls (obviously no FTs involved). Then toward the end of the game the refs let them play, which was nice, before starting to call a lot more fouls during crunch time with the ball in Durant’s hands.
    As for the Celtics, the only time I saw the KG fire was after a (bad) call where Durant was awarded FTs. The problem is they seemed to say “Okay, we’re not gonna win this because of the refs,” when a really good team would say, “eff these guys, we’ll take the game and win it despite the refs.”

  12. spike - Apr 1, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Durant’s “rip move” as it’s called, is one of his signature moves and it’s been getting him free throws all year. It’s not news and other players use it to. Basically, if a defender has his arms extended, Durant can swing his arm into the defender’s arm and take a shot. If the defender doesn’t get his arm out of the way in time, it’s a shooting foul. He does it at least twice a game. And it’s called a foul every time. I can understand why a fan wouldn’t know this, but coaches and players are supposed to watch game tape, and thus not be surprised when they get caught by this move.
    I saw one truly bad call. When Pierce stripped Durant in the lane and it was called a foul, even though it was clearly clean. A problem for Boston fans may be the way Heinsohn riles everybody up. When you have such an obvious homer calling your games, it can lead you to believe that your players don’t commit fouls.

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