Doc Rivers Calls Fouls on Kevin Garnett ‘Horrendous’

by April 24, 2013

The Boston Celtics had a plan to establish Kevin Garnett offensively early and often in Game 2, but KG was plagued by foul trouble all night as the New York Knicks stretched their series lead to 2-0. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers proceeded to moan about the refs‘ treatment of his star big fella. Per WEEI: “The Celtics wanted more out of Kevin Garnett and got it in Game 2, as he scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. But in the mind of coach Doc Rivers, it could’ve been more – much more – if it weren’t for the officials. For the second straight game, Garnett got into foul trouble, with three fouls at halftime and five midway through the fourth quarter. […] ‘I thought the fouls on Kevin were horrendous, and had a huge effect on us,’ Rivers said after the 87-71 loss in which Boston scored 23 points in the second half. ‘He never got his rhythm when you could see he was going to have a game. It hurt us.’ Garnett felt the frustration as well, but held back a bit, deflecting some of the criticism on himself. ‘At times, it’s frustrating,’ Garnett said. ‘But fouls are part of the game. Refs are calling things but it’s an aggressive time in postseason play. I just have to be consistent and position myself not to foul so much.'”