Nets-Celtics brawl again: Wallace yanks Garnett’s shorts
With Boston Celtics leading by 17-points (77-60) on the 9:31 mark in the fourth quarter, Gerald Wallace grabbed Kevin Garnett’s shorts, after being fouled on a missed an offensive rebound put-back attempt. Initially, the Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace appeared to grab Boston Celtics bigman Kevin Garnett’s shorts to prevent himself from falling back awkwardly. But Kevin Garnett seemed to take umbrage after Gerald Wallace clung on to his shorts far beyond the respectable period.
Kevin Garnett and Gerald Wallace got into each other’s face exchanging harsh words. Brooklyn Nets forward Andrew Blatche too jumped in to backup his Kevin Garnett, which Boston Celtics guard Courtney Lee to get involved in the altercation as well.
And as tempers flared one could predict another Celtics-Nets brawl coming up. However, probably betting on their Christmas spirit, both teams were able to quell the dispute without creating another major scene during Boston Celtics’ 93-76 win on Tuesday. Gerald Wallace, Kevin Garnett, Andrew Blatche and Courtney Lee were all awarded technicals following the altercation on Christmas Day at Barclays Center.
Kevin Garnett ended the game on eight points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks; while Gerald Wallace contributed 15 points, six rebounds and three steals in the game.
Although both teams had downplayed their early season altercation, that drew the whole bench into the stands, there still seemed to be some bad blood from the previous incident. Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo got into a tussle with Kris Humphries after the Brooklyn Nets forward hard fouled Kevin Garnett. The fight ended with technicals for the instigators of the altercation and later a league appointed two-game suspension for Rajon Rondo.
Although Tuesday’s altercation likely won’t draw any suspensions, it again highlighted the high-tension between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, as the Eastern Conference contenders continue on their postseason run to secure a playoffs spot.
With that in mind, expect more drama on 10th April when the Boston Celtics host the Brooklyn Nets at TD Garden.