Garnett: 'The tech shook up the dog house'

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Garnett: 'The tech shook up the dog house'

BOSTON It doesn't take a lot to get Kevin Garnett any more motivated than he already is on game nights.

Hit him with a technical?

Yup. That'll do it.

Garnett has been surprisingly cool, calm and collected all season -- at least by KG standards, anyway.

But in Wednesday night's 102-96 win over Milwaukee, we saw a glimmer of the old fire-breathing Garnett when he and second-year big man Larry Sanders had a few uh, words for one another that resulted in both being whistled for a technical foul with 6:23 to play in the second quarter.

"Sometimes you need a little swift kick in the (expletive) I thought the little tech, it shook up the dog house, as we say," Garnett said.

Garnett was scoreless at that point in the second quarter.

But after the tech, Garnett had four points and an assist in the quarter.

"It gave me a little energy," said Garnett, who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds for his team-leading ninth double-double this season. "Don't take much."

Garnett's focus remains no different now than it has been since he became a Celtic in 2007 -- find a way to win.

And he's doing so with a solid season that's getting very little attention or fanfare.

"As far as the year, I'm just trying to give my team an edge," Garnett said. "I've been going through some personal problems of late, but I'm good and I'm back; looking at life a little different, beat up and all that, just giving all I have. I'm nothing more, nothing less than that."

The "personal problems" Garnett mentioned led to him missing two road games (at Detroit and Dallas) earlier this season, both of which the Celtics lost.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers recognizes that much of Garnett's solid play this year has indeed gone unnoticed, while the talk of him being past his prime persists.

"It's amazing, 'Kevin's old, Kevin's this' it's all you hear," Rivers said. "And no one looks at his numbers."

This season, Garnett is averaging 14.9 points and eight rebounds which are almost identical to the numbers he posted last season.

And while those numbers are below his career averages, often forgotten about is that Garnett's playing time has been significantly reduced.

The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 30.8 minutes played which is about six minutes below his career average.

"It's not like Kevin is playing a ton of minutes," Rivers said. "He's still putting up numbers."

Making his play even more surprising has been it has come with the veteran being relatively injury-free other than the usual bumps and bruises that come with a long -- and this year, contracted -- NBA season.

When asked about Garnett's durability, Rivers quickly responded, "I'm not talking about that; stay away from that subject."

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

Kraft on possible Patriots reunion with Revis: 'I would love it'

It was reported last week that multiple NFL executives are convinced that Darrelle Revis will return to the New England Patriots next season.

Talking with the New York Daily News, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he’d be open to a reunion with the 31-year-old cornerback.

“I would love it,” Kraft said. “Speaking for myself, if he wanted to come back, he’s a great competitor, I’d welcome him if he wanted to come.”

Asked if the team has had discussions with Revis, Kraft said “ask my boy,” in reference to coach Bill Belichick.

Revis spent the 2014 season with the Patriots, helping them win Super Bowl XLIX. He bolted back to the New York Jets the next season, signing a five-year, $70 million contract ($39 million guaranteed).

The Jets released Revis earlier this month after the incident in Pittsburgh. A judge dismissed the charges.

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

Kraft says intention is not to trade Butler: 'We hope he's with us'

PHOENIX -- The idea that Malcolm Butler could be traded by the Patriots before the start of the 2017 season has been floated for weeks. But if Robert Kraft had his way, he'd like for the hero of Super Bowl XLIX to stick around. 

At the Biltmore hotel on Day 2 of the league's annual meetings, Kraft was asked if he anticipated having Butler back in New England for next season.

"I sure hope so," he said. "We have [a first-round tender] out to him, and I know he has the ability to go out in the market and get someone to sign him, and then we either match it or get the first-round draft pick.

"I'm rooting, I hope, he's with us and signs his offer sheet and plays for us. I have a great affection for him. He was part of probably the greatest play in the history of our team, but there are a lot of people involved in that."

The Patriots can't trade any player who isn't under contract, and they can't talk about a trade for a player not on their roster. Therefore, even if the Patriots hoped to deal Butler and get something in return for the Pro Bowl-caliber corner before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2018, it's not something that the owner of the team would be at liberty to discuss with dozens of microphones in front of his face. 

The tender offer of $3.91 million for one season is still out there for Butler. He could sign it and play in New England. He could sign it and be traded. For now, Kraft says he's hoping for the former -- and insists that the Patriots didn't have designs on the latter all along.

"I don't want to, in any way, take away from his rights [as a restricted free agent]," he said, adding, "I want to be clear. I hope he's with us."