Boston Celtics

No suspension for Garnett following Phoenix incident

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No suspension for Garnett following Phoenix incident

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com

LOS ANGELES It's bad enough the Boston Celtics have played so many games with players out because of injuries.

The last thing they need is to add a suspended player to list of reasons for being short-handed.

Boston won't have to worry about that, at least not for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Celtics will have their emotional catalyst, Kevin Garnett, available following his ejection in the fourth quarter of Friday's 88-71 loss at Phoenix.

There was some concern that he might be suspended for Sunday's game due to the incident between him and Channing Frye that led to him picking up two technical fouls which is an automatic ejection.

Tim Frank, the NBA's senior vice president of basketball communications, said late Saturday night that the only technical fouls that were still under review by the league involved Celtics head coach Doc Rivers who was ejected in the second quarter of the loss.

With 4:07 to play in the game, Frye was fouled by Garnett while attempting a 3-pointer.

Following the release of the shot, Garnett struck Frye in his groin region.

Frye soon fell to the floor, but rose to his feet just as quickly.

The two got in each other's faces before players and the game officials intervened.

Play was stopped while the officials converged at the scorer's table to view the replay.

After the review, lead official Steve Javie - he had already tossed out Rivers in the second quarter - called Garnett for two technicals, while Frye, Boston's Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, were each charged with one technical foul for their roles in the incident.

"I just didn't think it was an appropriate play to make," Frye told reporters after the game. "I don't want to make a bigger deal than it is. The league will take care of that."

Following the loss, Rivers didn't believe the punishment handed out to Garnett was right.

"I thought Channing Frye was the instigator," Rivers said. "Kevin didn't jump in Channing's face. I thought Channing Frye jumped in Kevin's face. I don't know how we get a throw-out on that."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn.

Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.