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.