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Because I'm an old bastard, I fell asleep during the Celtics game and missed the 4th quarter shenanigans between Kevin Garnett and Channing Frye.
What I saw was Garnett give Frye a gentle tap to the nuts. Yes, it's a cheap shot. But in no way was that a hard enough shot to drop Channing Frye.
What's worse is the outrage. My Twitter feed was full of garbage. Haters calling Garnett dirty, talk of a possible suspension. Laughable stuff.
I thought reader Mike Munger summed it up best with this comment from our game recap:
How anyone can diss KG is amazing to me. The replay showed he wasn't even looking at Frye when he BARELY tapped him. Frye went down like he got hit by Tyson and then "MAGICALLY" recovered like Hulk Hogan.
On Page 2, what referee Steve Javie said to Doc that pissed him off.
So a garden variety gripe between coach and referee turned into a heated exchange where Rivers all but called Steve Javie an egomaniac and Javie, quick on the trigger, tossed Rivers.
“You’re terrible,’’ he said. “It’s all about you. It’s all about you.’’
Rivers explained his first technical. “[Javie] actually came into our huddle. He said, ‘You guys are complaining too much.’ I said, ‘You guys are missing too many calls,’’ said Rivers, whose team dug a big early hole, falling behind, 49-31, with 2:06 left in the half.
After Rivers was ejected, he said he told Javie, “It’s about the game. It’s not about one individual.’’
“That’s all I said . . . over and over again,’’ Rivers said after the game.
Steve Javie had a quick trigger, especially for an official who instigated the incident. From my couch, it appeared Doc deliberately set out to get ejected in an attempt to fire up his squad. But after reading this account, I don't blame him one bit.
File under: NBA referees with egos
The rest of the links:
Herald – Celtics get tossed around in Phoenix | Time on Perk's side | Globe – Enforcer Perk back with bang | WEEI – Celtics shot down in flames | Name that Tweet: Cs vs Suns | On the Celtics and clutch plays | CSNNE – Rondo takes blame for loss | Rivers, Garnett ejected in heated loss | ESPN Boston – A forgettable night |