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Garnett says offensive foul call not what cost Celtics game

May 15, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

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Kevin Garnett gets it.

Boston did not lose to the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night because of an illegal screen call with 10 seconds left, it was the 47:50 before that where the Celtics put themselves in a position to lose. The call just meant Paul Pierce didn’t get a shot at a bail out three.

Plus, Garnett had been warned and he is not complaining abut the call, he told A. Sherrod Blakely at

“Mike (Smith) was in a position, and he called it,” Garnett said afterwards. “I’m not going to make a big stink about it…

“I think Danny (Crawford, one of the other officials) had already gave me a warning about how I was setting the picks,” Garnett said…

“But that wasn’t, to me, the game,” Garnett said. “We did things going up to that point that determined the game.”

Part of that is KG not wanting to be fined. But part of it is what your high school coach used to tell you (a former coach of mine certainly did): If you don’t the referees to decide the game at the end then you play better earlier so it’s not on them. In Boston’s case, score more than 24 points in the second and third quarters combined and you won’t have to rely on referees.

Boston needs to find some offense between now and tip-off for Game 3 or they are going to need more than just a couple favorable calls.

  1. cakemixa - May 15, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Lol, gotta love it. No problem when a call in the last few seconds allows the Celtics to win a game, but now when it goes the other way, it’s a national story!

    • tfoz5150 - May 15, 2012 at 8:41 AM

      Let them cry all they want

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2012 at 2:33 PM


      And KG gets no credit here. He was complaining INITIALLY after the game. Once he sobered up, then he said this.

      He gets away with WORSE moving screens every game, I’m actually surprised they called this, given that fact.

  2. illcomm - May 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    reds are definetely on the celt

  3. illcomm - May 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    tics side

  4. bleed4philly - May 15, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Sixers should be up 2-0 right now.

  5. canehouse - May 15, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    It was a terribly inconsistent call… and then to levy it in the final moments… GARBAGE!!!

    • pglive21 - May 15, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Actually the refs had called illegal moving screens twice earlier in the same game. And Garnett even states that they warned him about it. So, there goes your inconsistency argument.

      Also let’s not forget the gift the Celtics got with about 2:24 remaining when the ball was called out of bounds on the 76ers, even after it went off Rondo’s foot. Celtics inbounded, Bradley drained a three and the Celtics had a lead they didn’t deserve. Even when the Celtics lose and their fans complain, they still get more calls than any other team in the league.

      • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

        Don’t act like Celtics fans are the only fans who complain after a loss. Every team has fans who complain after a loss, think the refs screwed them over, try to back it up by referencing a single play earlier in the game, and say “their team should be up 2-0” or something. It’s the nature of the game and of being a fan.

      • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

        Hawks fans had a LEGITIMATE gripe though:

      • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

        I’m not saying missed calls happen. They happen in every game, and the later they happen in the game, the more they’re looked at under a microscope. Celtics didn’t lose last night because of a foul on a screen. They lost because they barely scored double digit points in the third quarter.

      • JohnnyTwoTimes says - May 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        CRY me a river, Boston, they’ve been calling ILLEGAL moving screens….for 50 years now, stop the whining, he was already WARNED, TWICE

    • southbeachtalent - May 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

      Not a terrible call, he was warned earlier.

      That said, if they were to call that consistently Garnett would foul out most games.

      He should have gotten a tech for hanging off the rim for an hour after the alley-oop as well.

      • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

        In the NBA you’re allowed to hang on the rim after a play to prevent injury to yourself of others. There was a guy right below him. No technical.

      • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

        Yeah, it was andyhr17 under Garnett. He was trying to blow him like he does every other day.

      • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

        That doesn’t even make any sense….

      • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

        Hey bozo, taking your frustration from your Lakers getting destroyed last night out on Celtics posts? I’d be in a pretty bad mood to if my team got beat that bad. Feel free to troll.

      • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

        Just one game, idiotandy. Same number in the L column as your team earned last night.

      • infectorman - May 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        He was being held and steadied after the dunk by a Sixer who was right underneath him and he didn’t want to land on him, bro. Pay attention.

        They officials did, however, miss an OBVIOUS travel on a Philly player cutting into the basket in the 4th Qtr. And a COMPLETE phantom Offensive foul on Boston as well.

        Looks like you Celtic haters have no conspiracy theories to whine about today!

      • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        So the Celtics lose by 1 point and they are biggest chokers ever. The Lakers get blown out by 29 points and it’s just one game? Great Lakers logic.

        Feel free to respond with childish name calling and baseless ridicule of me and the team I root for.

      • tfoz5150 - May 15, 2012 at 2:21 PM

        Except that Garnett continued hanging on the rim for 5 seconds after Turner had cleared.

      • andyhr17 - May 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        I think your stopwatch is broken.

      • tfoz5150 - May 15, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Look at the video. He’s just hanging there for no reason other than to pose. That’s who he is..a poser.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      When he does it, HOLDING, GRABBING, TRIPPING guys to get Pierce and Allen open, I don’t care WHEN it occurs. It’s blatant and gives them an unfair advantage to get guys open who can no longer create their own shots without picks.

      I’ve seen Garnett do this FAR TOO MUCH and get away with it. Worse yet, he does it at the end of every close game, getting those two guys open with plenty of space to shoot, while the guy he picked off is clutching a knee or a jaw after being tripped or blatantly elbowed.

      Let me see them actually get free on CLEAN picks and then you’ll have an argument.

  6. canehouse - May 15, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    @ pglive21… you’re completely right… i stand corrected. I guess I was referring to it being terribly inconsistent for calls against KG during his career ;)!

  7. borderline1988 - May 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    I don’t understand the big deal here.

    It was clearly an illegal pick – it wasn’t even close to being legal. Not only was the original screen a moving one, Garnett held onto the defender afterwards so he couldn’t recover on Pierce.
    Pierce got a wide open 3 because of it, how can you let that happen in the dying moments of a playoff game? That would be unfair to the 76ers.

    It was blatantly obvious. Forget about previous blown calls. This was absolutely the correct call – let’s be happy the refs got it right this time. Even Garnett basically admitted to the foul.

    Please Celtics fans, stop the crying.

    • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      But they can’t stop crying…it’s what they do and who they are…the biggest crybaby sports fans in America.

    • infectorman - May 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      who’s crying?

      Celtics couldn’t shoot the ball in the ocean last nite. They deserved to lose that game. Old, injured and tired. Crafty though, we’ll see what happens.

      At least they didn’t lose by 29 points like the Fakers

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Typical Boston fan, lose a game and immediately turn the focus to Miami or LAL, depending on whichever played/lost that same night. Pathetic excuses for human beings.

        Lakers’ blowout was an aberration. The Sixers should be up 2-0 if the same refs you truly ARE crying about didn’t hand you Game 1.

      • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        Couldn’t shoot the ball in the ocean last nite? Yeah right. They outshot the Sixers percentage-wise in all three phases: total shots, three-pointers and free throws. Also, they shot basically the same percentage as their season average, an even higher percentage on three-pointers. Where they got beat was on the boards…where the team that wants it most is revealed…and the team that wanted it most was the Sixers. Keep on making excuses for your boys though. The rest of us will all be laughing when that #8 seed sends your team packing. And even if they manage to somehow survive (with help from the refs, no doubt), the Heat will be waiting to crush your little dreams.

        At least the Lakers lost to a favorite to win a title.

      • infectorman - May 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        Pierce: 2 for 9
        Bass: 5 for 15
        Rondo: 4 for 12

        Yeah, Idiot. Pierce normally shoots for 23%. right. Right on target for his normal playing ability. Whatever you say Bozo, uh huh, right.
        You are a freakin imbecile BOZO. And your Hollywood Fakers will lose in 5 games, cause they are Old, and tired just like Boston. And Gasol is a weaka$$ euro-player with ZERO toughness or grit. Only occasional finesse.

        No excuses here. Only facts, jacka$$
        Bozo is OWNED, again, as usual

        Now go and find a new Patriots post to spread your spewage, tool boy!
        We all know you will.
        How any posts on the Welker story, 92? GOD! u need a life…

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      PLUS Ray Allen pushed off as well, which is what I thought the original call was, because it was so egregious on Allen’s part.

      Pierce has gotten so many open looks because of these illegal screens. C’s fans see every last one of them, then wink and celebrate when the shot drops. But when they lose or get called on it, it’s a national inquirer expose.


      • infectorman - May 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        Pot? Meet kettle.

        All you do is whine about the refs and you don’t even have a dog in this fight.
        Your Knicks suck and your Giants are documented Injury-faking cheaters.
        But please, do keep whining, pretty soon you’ll have Bozo on your jock, if he ain’t already

      • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        Documented cheaters? Where? In your own delusional mind, because neither of those teams were penalized by their respective leagues.

        Unlike the cheating Patriots, who the NFL gave the largest penalty ever at that time for the CHEATING that they admitted to. Crawl back into your hole, AIDSinfectedman.

  8. mungman69 - May 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    How come everything is because the Celtics did or didn’t do something. Give the Sixers a little credit, will ya?

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      The Sixers should be up 2-0.

      • infectorman - May 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM


        Here’s your Binky baby-boy, and a blanket to snuggle with. There, there….

      • bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 6:33 PM

        Why would Mr. Wright want to take away your binky, AIDSinfectedman? Or your little green blankey? You are gonna need them when your team gets booted out of the playoffs and doesn’t make it back for many many years.

  9. bozosforall - May 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    andyhr17 – May 15, 2012 at 2:20 PM
    So the Celtics lose by 1 point and they are biggest chokers ever. The Lakers get blown out by 29 points and it’s just one game? Great Lakers logic.

    Feel free to respond with childish name calling and baseless ridicule of me and the team I root for.

    Chokers because they can’t beat a #8 seed. At least the Lakers lost to one of the favorites to win the title.

  10. packhawk04 - May 15, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    You people are hilarious. Youre STILL bringing up the hawks game? Are you f’n kiddin me? Why… WHY WHY WHY does NOBODY evee mention the fact that horford had two free throws and he missed one? Missed. Didnt make. Missed. He missed. Missed it. He missed it. Garnett comitted a blatant moving screen, they called it. GET THE F OVER IT.

  11. infectorman - May 15, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Case closed; NYG cheat.

    Tainted ******Superbowls ************************************************

  12. pistolpeatear - May 16, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    would it kill you guys to at least be funny with the name calling if youre all going to be keyboard tough guys. It wouldn’t kill any of you to be objective, won’t make you less of a fan. boston lost because the played like garbage, quit crying about the calls. yes lakers lost to a contender, but went 7 the previous round with a non contender. both those dynastys are done at least for the next few seasons

  13. Chris Ross - May 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Yeah it didn’t cost them the game cuz it was the right call.

  14. aahhyeahsucka - May 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Bad call. We’ll get em next time. GO CELTICS!!!!

  15. redblue560 - May 16, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Seems like the C’s are not interested in playing this series. They look letargic and lazy. What is up with that Hollins guy ? He cannot jump. What I noticed with the celtics’s bench is they look like nobody wants to take a shot or penetrate to the basket for a chance to get points, get fouled for a free throw. Dooling is the only one who seems to be taking shots, unfortunately, poor selection low percentage.

    They also need to make an effort to go for a rebound of a missed shot. When they make long shots, nobody goes in to hustle for a rebound as if the shot is guaranteed going in. When it misses, the other team has a better chance of getting the rebound. If the celtics continue to not show up, they will be going home in 6.

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