Celtics’ Garnett calls out stat keeper after recording zero rebounds
By Ben Golliver
Boston’s Kevin Garnett ranks 12th all time in rebounds and is No. 1 among active players with more than 13,000 rebounds. In Saturday’s victory against the Sixers, though, Garnett was shut out on the glass for just the fourth time in his 1,275-game career and the first time in nearly 16 years.
The always fiery Garnett, as you might expect, wasn’t thrilled with the statistical anomaly. In postgame comments videotaped by ESPNBoston.com, Garnett, who played only 23 minutes on the second night of a back-to-back, disputed his rebounding figure in humorous fashion and said he was going to take it up with the TD Garden stat keeper.
“I’m looking for the statistician around here. If I find out what he looks like, we’re going to have some problems. I had a rebound in the first quarter. It’s bulls—, man. Nah, it’s f—- bulls—. That’s what I’m going to say. I had a rebound in the first half. Thank you. Thank you. I think that’s an error, we’re going to fix that.”
They always say the home stat keepers are supposed to be friendlier too.
Garnett, 36, was then informed by reporters of the last time he hadn’t registered a rebound: a Jan. 21, 1997, loss to the Raptors back when he played for the Timberwolves.
“What was that 1998 or something? Throw the dust off that. Are you serious? That’s an error. I got a rebound. They are going to go back and fix that.”
Eye On Basketball did some quality sleuthing and concluded that Garnett might have thought he registered a rebound while fighting over a defensive rebound with teammate Brandon Bass, who wound up coming away with the ball and the official credit from the scorer’s table.
Rebounding has been an issue all season for the Celtics, who rank 29th in rebounding rate. Coach Doc Rivers recently called his team “soft” after a loss to the Nets.
The Celtics beat the Sixers 92-79. Garnett finished with a team-high 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting.