Garnett could face suspension for fouls


Garnett could face suspension for fouls

By A. Sherrod Blakely

PHOENIX Doc Rivers was tossed in Boston's 88-71 loss to Phoenix on Friday night, and the Celtics or their fans certainly didn't like to see that happen.

But when you look at the big picture, it's not that big a deal.

However, Kevin Garnett's ejection might become an issue.

Garnett was hit with a pair of technical fouls - one for arguing with Channing Frye after he fouled him, and the second for making contact near Frye's waist.

If the league views Garnett's contact as a punch thrown - which seems highly unlikely, based on the replay - they could potentially suspend him for Sunday's highly anticipated matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Rivers watched the play inside the locker room, and said he was surprised by the officials call.

"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."

Rivers was reminded of the blow near Frye's waist that was delivered by Garnett.

"If that did happen, it would only be like the 20th time it probably happened in the game," Rivers said. "You see it all the time; guys poke at your stomach. Come on. If that's what gets a guy upset, then they're a really tough guy."

Celtics guard Ray Allen has taken his share of hits above, around and below the waist.

As an NBA shooter, Allen believes it just comes with the territory.

"I've trained where people hit me on the waist; people put me in situations where they're tugging me. I just follow through on my shot like I normally would," Allen said. "Guys try to sell it with the referees. Guys fall down and act like they're dead."

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Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

Sullinger on Celtics: 'I watch from a distance, I support from a distance'

BOSTON – The trip to the TD Garden is one that Jared Sullinger has made many times but never like this. 

The former Celtic was back in town with his new team, the Toronto Raptors who signed him to a one-year, $5.6 million deal after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him and thus made him an unrestricted free agent. 


“I had a feeling it was going to go that way once they signed big Al (Horford), that they were going to let me go,” Sullinger said prior to Friday’s game.  “We were prepared for it. It is what it is. I’m happy these guys are doing well.”

And he hopes to say the same for himself sometime in the future after undergoing surgery to have a screw inserted in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot – the same foot he had season-ending surgery on during the 2014-2015 season with the Celtics. 

There’s no specific timetable as to when he’ll be back on the floor, and Sullinger is cool with that plan. 

“I don’t know. They’re hiding the protocol from me so I won’t rush; we’ll see,” said Sullinger who is still in a walking boot. 

The 6-foot-9 forward played well in the preseason and solidified himself as the team’s starting power forward. 

Now that he’s out with another injury, he’ll have to once again try and prove himself either later this season when he returns, or this summer when he becomes a free agent again.

For now, Sullinger is happy to be back in town, seeing lots of familiar faces, friends and ex-teammates that he says he still keeps in close contact with. 

“Some of these guys I considered like brothers to me,” Sullinger said. “IT (Isaiah Thomas), Jae Crowder to name a few. So I watch from a distance, I support from a distance. They’re playing well.”

In addition to his former teammates, the lines of communication remained open between him and Celtics head coach Brad Stevens as well. 

Stevens said the two exchanged text messages right before he had foot surgery, and afterwards. 

“Obviously, everyone here wishes a speedy recovery and hopefully he gets back on the court soon,” Stevens said. 

Sullinger has been an effective player during his time in the NBA, with career averages of 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

But this will be the third time in his five NBA seasons that he will miss a significant amount of time on the court due to an injury or recovering from an injury. 

Stevens acknowledged that he feels for Sullinger who once again has to go through rehabilitation in order to get back on the floor.

“I like Jared a lot,” Stevens said. “He’s a heck of a player, he’s a really smart guy. Got a lot of respect for him and it stinks that he’s got to go through that but he’ll come back strong I’m sure.”