Garnett thrives off Boston crowd in C's win over Sixers

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Garnett thrives off Boston crowd in C's win over Sixers

BOSTON -- When Kevin Garnett fell onto the parquet and lay flat on his back, the TD Garden crowd jumped to their feet in response to him being whistled for an offensive foul.

The fans roared as Garnett rose from the ground, hit a jumpshot on the next possession, and began an 8-0 third quarter run that led to a nine-point lead entering the fourth.

Garnett said he doesnt remember the foul. What he does recall, though, is the crowd. Not on that play specifically, but for the entire duration of the game.

This crowd sparks you. It doesn't take much here, he said following the Celtics 101-85 Game 5 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. I have no idea what you're talking about to be honest (in response to the offensive foul), but when speaking about this crowd, it's like plugging in. You're enthused for 48 minutes on from tip on. I can't see the difference from minute to minute. I feel like every minute I look up I see my family, I see people yelling, a see the drunk fat guy. I can't decipher one from another. This crowd is ridiculous. I love it.

Garnett has expressed his passion for the Celtics home crowd from his first season in Boston. He pumps his chest before each game and points to the stands, eliciting a rousing response from those in attendances. During their 2008 championship run, the video in which he implores the fans to keep this mother rocking was played as inspiration. It has become a mainstay on the Jumbotron.

The feeling he has playing in front of the Garden crowd is, well, very unique for Garnett.

It's like taking a cold shower, stepping into a freezer that's below 60, he said. I wouldn't recommend it, but if you want the feeling, try it out, come back, and let me know.

The Celtics, up 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Series, will travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday for Game 6 on Wednesday. Lets just say his expectations for the 76ers fans is not as high of that for the Celtics.

Not even close, not even close, he said of comparing the home crowds. You've got fans and then you've got fair weather fans. Take it how you want.

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

Thomas won’t play Friday night vs. Raptors

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors. 
 
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
 
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season. 
 
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday. 
 
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
 
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
 
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
 
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious. 
 
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio. 
 
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
 
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart. 
 
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.