In case you haven’t yet hear the F-Bomb Hear ‘Round the World, Kevin Garnett said the following last night in response to the game’s officiating: (Boston Globe)
“I thought we were playing Michael [expletive] Jordan the way he was getting the whistle,’’ said Kevin Garnett. “Durant damn near shot more free throws than our whole team.’’
Garnett’s comment was the most newsworthy, but other Celtics echoed his sentiments regarding the referrees. Doc Rivers wondered about the free throw discrepancy.
“A team shoots 34 free throws to our 17 on our home floor,’’ said Celtics coach Doc Rivers. “That’s a tough one. I thought we were aggressive, too. I thought we were attacking, and we just didn’t get to the line.’’
Rasheed Wallace, as usual, also added his own two cents.
Looking back on Pierce’s fourth foul, Rasheed Wallace said, “It was good D. The ball clearly went down. I don’t see how the ref saw through two bodies to say that Paul got his arm when the ball clearly went down. That’s why they don’t look at the replays.’’[...]
“It wasn’t no quiet 37, not when he’s shooting more than half of them from the foul line,’’ Wallace said. “He shot more than us as a team. He’s a good player, but damn. You can’t breathe on him. That lets you know that some things are bigger than the team.’’
I’ll grant the bitching and moaning Celtics this: the referees last night weren’t perfect. That one call that sent Kevin Durant to the line in the fourth quarter was particularly egregious: Paul Pierce stripped him perfectly clean, only to hear a whistle blown and see “Michael F–king Jordan” Durant sent to the line for a pair of freebies.
But, other than that, do you remember one truly bad call? Was there even one more head-scratching whistle?
Not that I recall.
Off the top of my head, there was one Pierce drive where it looked like he should have been shooting but it was called on the floor. There was Durant being rewarded three free throws on what looked like his first move to the bucketThere were a couple questionable no-calls on Kevin Garnett swoops to the hoop. Other than that, I don’t remember a single particularly awful call, and even the few I mentioned weren’t awful. They were more borderline than anything.
Of course, the free throw discrepancy was severe. Durant lived at the line, and the Celtics couldn’t buy a trip there. But the calls themselves, barring that phantom call that sent Durant to the line, weren’t all that bad. The referee job was one-sided, but not so one-sided the Celtics shouldn’t have won the game. Especially if the Celtics had buckled down at any point during the game and gotten a stop or two. I feel for the Celtics, but poorly-reffed games happen, and the next time it happens might be in serious favor of Boston.
There’s one thing I really don’t like about this whole situation, though. It’s that now Kevin Garnett is going to be labeled as a whiny bitch willing to blame anybody but his own team for losses. In reality, that’s so far from the truth. He overreacted last night, letting his insanely intense emotions get the best of him, but for the most part Garnett is always willing to give blame to his team. Throughout the season, loss after loss, KG has paraded to the Celtics press room and talked about how the Celtics got outplayed. Not about the refs, or about how the Celtics could have won, but about how the other team earned the victory and the Celtics didn’t. He’s normally an admirable loser, but this one postgame explosion will establish otherwise in people’s minds.
If you want to be mad at Garnett for talking trash during games, be my guest. He’s certainly guilty of that, more than any other player in the league. But don’t be upset because of last night’s rant. It was one blemish on what is normally a very gracious postgame Kevin Garnett.
And if you want to be upset because he used the F-word on cable television, and it was heard by your children’s virgin ears? Get over it, and put your child to sleep a little earlier. That comment didn’t air until 10:30 p.m.