KG did his job: He got under 'Melo's skin


KG did his job: He got under 'Melo's skin

WALTHAM Coming off one of their biggest victories of the season, the attention still remains on what happened after the Boston Celtics' win at New York.

The league is investigating the postgame incidents involving Carmelo Anthony and Boston's Kevin Garnett that involved Anthony reportedly going towards the C's locker room immediately after the game and, later, waiting for Garnett by the C's team bus.

While it remains unclear as to what Anthony was hoping to accomplish, it's clear that Garnett achieved what he tends to do to a lot of players - get their focus out of whack.

Anthony had a horrible game (20 points on 6-for-26 shooting) and his postgame antics were just as bad.

No one knows for sure what, if anything, Garnett said or did to trigger such anger from Anthony.

Known for his bark, Garnett showed that defensively at least, he still has some bite left in him.

"He's a good player; a good defensive player," coach Doc Rivers said of Garnett. "He's not going to back down. He's not going to go anywhere. And opposing players know it and it bothers them. Kevin's Kevin.

Rivers added, "You watch that tape and Kevin did nothing wrong throughout the game. He just played hard; he was defiant. He was stubborn on defense, wouldn't give you anything easy. That's how you're supposed to play defense. Sometimes it bothers people."

It certainly did Anthony, whose actions on Monday night will surely be a significant blow -- at least in the short term -- to his league MVP chances.

One theory is that Garnett who is a legendary trash talker, said something that irked Anthony to respond the way he did.

"Everybody talks," Rivers said. "I think that talking stuff is so overblown. Talking is so overblown to me. Talking's been going on since before I even started playing. Larry Bird was one of the best, biggest trash talkers in the league."

As a former player, Rivers knows all too well how tempers can flare in tightly contested game that involve teams that have been rivals for decades.

The players may change, but the deep-rooted dislike for one another's franchises remains as strong as ever.

Just a few years ago, Paul Pierce and then-Knicks wing man Quentin Richardson had their issues every time the two faced one another.

"It's becoming a rivalry," Pierce said. "A lot of heated exchanges over the years between the Knicks and us. It's just something about teams fighting for the division."

Said Rivers: "It is an emotional game, but you need to leave it on the floor. I think we all would agree with that. And we'll leave it there."

Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4


Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4

BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss. 

Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season. 

The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net. 

Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch. 

Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.