Posted April 24, 2013

Celtics’ Doc Rivers: Game 2 foul calls on Kevin Garnett were ‘horrendous’

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Boston Celtics, Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, New York Knicks
Doc Rivers lashed out at the "horrendous" officiating after Game 2. (Al Bello/Getty Images Sport)

Doc Rivers lashed out at the “horrendous” officiating after Game 2. (Al Bello/Getty Images Sport)

The playoffs don’t officially start until a road team wins a game or a losing coach complains about the officiating.

Doc Rivers fired the first salvo at the referees following Boston’s ugly 87-71 loss to New York on Tuesday. His beef: the tight treatment of Kevin Garnett, who finished with 12 points (on four-for-nine shooting), 11 rebounds and five fouls in just 24 minutes. Garnett was forced to the sideline less than four minutes into the game with two fouls and also picked up a rare moving screen call late in the game.

WEEI.com reported Rivers’ pointed assessment as well as Garnett’s non-reaction.

“I thought the fouls on Kevin were horrendous, and had a huge effect on us,” Rivers said. “He never got his rhythm when you could see he was going to have a game. It hurt us.”

“At times, it’s frustrating,” Garnett said. “But fouls are part of the game. Refs are calling things but it’s an aggressive time in postseason play. I just have to be consistent and position myself not to foul so much.”

Rivers’ frustration was understandable. The Celtics managed just 23 points in the second half, shooting just four-for-18 in the third quarter and three-for-18 in the fourth quarter. As Boston floundered, Carmelo Anthony was having his way, finishing with 34 points (on 11-for-24 shooting) in 39 minutes. J.R. Smith added 19 points (on seven-for-15 shooting) off the bench.

The series heads to Boston for Game 3 on Friday with the Knicks leading 2-0. New York is seeking its first playoff series victory since 2000; Boston has advanced to at least the second round of the playoffs in each of the last five seasons.

5 comments
Steve75
Steve75

KG hasnt gotten any respect from the officials the last two games. Yes, he does do the illegal pick but officials let him do it. He only got called for it once and the reason it was called was because of a flop.  He mostly has had pretty bogus fouls called against him. I could see him having 3-4 fouls each game but to have 5 by the beginning of the 4th quarter is just the officials giving him no respect. Same with avery bradley. Expect a different outcome on friday.

stussykid
stussykid

KG is both slowed by age and injury, and his tenacious defensive mentality has not.  Guess what that means?  More fouls.  His body can't keep up with what his mind wants to do, so he's making bad decisions, not moving his feet and using his hands.  Nice try though, Doc.

Nats
Nats

Sorry.  Garnett sets more moving picks than anyone in the league.  It must be a veteran's exception, because a lot of others get called for moving a lot less.  He deserves every call he gets/

mhgjd
mhgjd

"Garnett was forced to the sideline less than four minutes into the game with two fouls..."  Not exactly forced--unless there's a secret NBA rule that requires it, as opposed to it being the rote move of unimaginative, conservative coaches.