Posted by Steve Aschburner
CLEVELAND — I thought it was an innocent enough question (“Do you watch other playoff games when you’re not playing your own?”) but Chicago center Joakim Noah didn’t hold back. What he saw late Saturday in Game 1 of the Boston-Miami series cinched it for him: Kevin Garnett is a dirty player.
“He’s unbelievable, that guy,” Noah said Sunday after the Bulls’ practice at Quicken Loans Arena. “No, I’m going to say it: He’s a dirty player, man. He’s a dirty player. That’s messed up, man.”
Noah said he was eating a cheeseburger, with a ginger ale (how’s that for thorough reporting?), when he saw the skirmish near the Heat bench in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ home victory in Game 1. That’s when Garnett threw an elbow that caught Miami’s Quentin Richardson in the face, leading to more grappling and the Boston forward’s ejection with two technicals.
Garnett, known for his on-court woofing through a 15-year NBA career, now might face a suspension from Game 2. Does Noah think one is warranted? “I don’t make the decisions, but he’s always swinging elbows, man,” the candid Bulls center said. “I’m hurting right now [gestures to his back] because of an elbow he threw. It’s unbelievable, man. He’s a dirty player, man.” Boston played at Chicago on Tuesday.
Just in case anyone missed his point, Noah added: “It’s one thing to be competitive and compete and all that. But don’t be a dirty player. He’s a dirty player.”