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Garnett says offensive foul call not what cost Celtics game

Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

BOSTON, MA - MAY 12: Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics walks under the spotlight during player introductions before Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Kevin Garnett gets it.

Boston did not lose to the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night because of an illegal screen call with 10 seconds left, it was the 47:50 before that where the Celtics put themselves in a position to lose. The call just meant Paul Pierce didn’t get a shot at a bail out three.

Plus, Garnett had been warned and he is not complaining abut the call, he told A. Sherrod Blakely at

“Mike (Smith) was in a position, and he called it,” Garnett said afterwards. “I’m not going to make a big stink about it…

“I think Danny (Crawford, one of the other officials) had already gave me a warning about how I was setting the picks,” Garnett said…

“But that wasn’t, to me, the game,” Garnett said. “We did things going up to that point that determined the game.”

Part of that is KG not wanting to be fined. But part of it is what your high school coach used to tell you (a former coach of mine certainly did): If you don’t the referees to decide the game at the end then you play better earlier so it’s not on them. In Boston’s case, score more than 24 points in the second and third quarters combined and you won’t have to rely on referees.

Boston needs to find some offense between now and tip-off for Game 3 or they are going to need more than just a couple favorable calls.