BOSTON -- Kevin Garnett is all about analogies and similes in his postgame interviews. But when head coach Doc Rivers called the Boston Celtics "soft" following their loss to (and fight with) the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, that was one reference Garnett was not a fan of using.
"I don't know any man that likes to be called soft," he said after Friday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers. "Maybe some women."
Rivers had reacted to the Celtics effort against the Nets and the second quarter altercation which resulted in the ejection, and subsequent two-game suspension, of Rajon Rondo.
"As a team, that was awful basketball-wise," Rivers said on Wednesday. "I thought, 'If Im
Brooklyn and the league, youve got to think were pretty soft the way were playing.' Were a
soft team right now, we have no toughness. That stuffs not toughness. All that stuff, thats not toughness.
The Celtics (9-7) bounced back from their loss to the Nets with a 96-78 victory over the Trail
Blazers (6-10). Garnett didn't like Rivers' message, but the team got it loud and clear.
"I think collectively he's talking about our style and obviously our offensive rebounds," Garnett said. "I don't think he's coming at us as men, but he's talking about our style as a whole. Collectively, we all have to do that together. The onus falls on each and every last one of us, not just one or two.
"But yeah, that was disturbing. Who likes to be called soft in anything, if you're a man?
Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still in disbelief at what happened to Gordon Hayward last night.
*Interesting piece on the connection between gambling and the NHL in Las Vegas where they’ve just kicked their new expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.
*Would you like a Providence Bruins game-worn jersey and give to a great cause at the same time? Here are the Pink the Rink Bruins jerseys up for auction on eBay with the money earmarked for cancer research and treatment.
*Some interesting stuff from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts about the start that Malcolm Subban is off to with the Vegas Golden Knights and whether that’s in any way a reflection on the way goalies are being developed with the Bruins.
*So, the Ottawa Senators clearly didn’t miss Erik Karlsson given the start that they got off to, but there’s no doubt hockey fans did as he makes his return from offseason surgery.
*Nikita Kucherov just keeps on improving for the Tampa Bay Lightning after a Hart Trophy-level season last year.
*For something completely different: I don’t understand why there’s anything controversial about somebody saying In ‘N Out Burger is overrated. While it’s a perfectly fine West Coast fast food chain, it is absolutely overrated at this point. The fries are average at best, and the burgers are merely okay compared to all of the other burger joints out there.