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The Celtics must have been tired after playing the Suns in Phoenix the night after beating the Blazers 1,100 miles away in Portland, Oregon. But, is that a good-enough excuse for the ugly 88-71 loss Friday night.
By the fourth quarter, it was definitely a little chippy. After Channing Frye attempted a three pointer, Kevin Garnett appeared to have inadvertantly hit him with a low blow to the groin area. Frye went down and immediately jumped up to confront Garnett, starting a big scuffle on the court.
Did KG intentionally do it? You be the judge:
After a long video review by officials, they handed Garnett two technicals (none for the low blow) and ejected him. KG, who had 18 points and nine rebounds before the ejection, left after the game without talking to reporters.
Frye, meanwhile, was hit with one T for bumping KG, while Nate Robinson and Kendrick Perkins were also T’d up for confronting Frye and the other Suns.
“I just didn’t think it was an appropriate play to make,” Frye said. “I don’t want to make a bigger deal than it is—the league will take care of that.”
Doc Rivers, who was ejected earlier in the game for arguing with officials, thought the call to eject KG was ridiculous.
“That would only be the 20th time that it probably happened in the game,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who was ejected in the second quarter for arguing with official Steve Javie. “You see it all the time, guys poking at your stomach. If that is what happened, then he is really a tough guy.”
To make matters worse for the Green, Glen Davis sat out the entire second half with a strained hamstring.
The Suns have now beaten the Celtics three straight times after sweeping the season series last season.