HoopsHype Kevin Garnett rumors

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“Could do better. I was expecting Brooklyn to be real hostile, New York-style,” Garnett said Saturday, echoing the sentiments of teammate Paul Pierce concerning Friday’s 102-98 victory in Game 3 over the Raptors. “Knowing what it’s like to come here as the opposition, so our crowd could do better. But they were there when they needed us, and we fed off of them.” New York Daily News

The Barclays Center crowd was pretty good on Friday night. But Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who played in front of some absolutely raucous playoff crowds for several years at Boston's TD Bank Garden, expected more. "They could do better," Garnett said Saturday. "I was expecting Brooklyn to be real hostile, New York-style. I know what it's like to come here as the opposition, so our crowd could do better, but they were there when we needed them, and we fed off of them." ESPN.com

April 25, 2014 Updates

Given the barb from Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who before Game 1 used an expletive to explain how he felt about Brooklyn, Garnett can't wait to see how the natives welcome Toronto when their Eastern Conference first-round series, which is tied at 1, resumes at Barclays Center. "I'm very eager, very eager," Garnett said after practice yesterday. "I want to see how they respond to the [expletive] Brooklyn. I'm very eager to see how they respond to those kids sitting in our arena. I don't know if that's going to be . . . Well, we'll see." Does he have any ideas on how it will go down? "I don't know," Garnett said. "I've never had a series in Brooklyn before. I've never said [expletive] Brooklyn before, so we will see what that's like." Newsday

April 23, 2014 Updates

Do Garnett’s comments bother you? “Hell, nah,” Magloire drawled. “He’s a talker who can’t back it up.” After dropping the mic, he swiveled away. Then he turned back and waved a finger the size of a jumbo hot dog. “And you can print that.” Jamaal Magloire. Canada’s hype man. “It’s going to be a new frontier,” coach Dwane Casey said of the anticipated atmosphere in Brooklyn. Toronto Globe & Mail

With the series tied at 1-1, the Raptors will take on the Nets in Brooklyn Friday for Game 3 at the Barclays Center which Kevin Garnett said will be a “rowdy environment” in his postgame interview after the Nets’ Game 2 loss Tuesday night. Garnett, referring to the recent incident in which Toronto GM Masai Ujiri yelled “F*ck Brooklyn!!” to a crowd of Raptors fans, said, “I don’t know if you can say f-Brooklyn and then come into Brooklyn, so we’re about to see what it’s like.” beyondthebuzzer.com

April 22, 2014 Updates

KG, of course, is Kevin Garnett, and Valanciunas “was not intimidated” by “guarding a legend like KG,” Casey said. “You are talking about a guy who is going to be in the Hall of Fame. I told our guy you got to respect him,” Casey added, “but you can’t fear him.” Valanciunas didn’t. And he also didn’t really understand him. Garnett, as anyone who has set foot on an NBA court in the last 19 years would acknowledge, is one of the all-time great trash talkers. Valanciunas just shrugged. “I don’t understand English, so I’m OK,” Valanciunas joked. New York Post

April 20, 2014 Updates

It can be easy to look back on the 2007 deal and assume that adding another MVP-caliber player will again transform the Celtics into contenders. Ainge said that isn’t so. “Listen, I’m grateful we were able to do that deal,” he said, “but that deal was unique in so many ways. In one way [we were] getting quality players that still had a lot left in the tank in Ray and KG — as they’ve proven — [along with] keeping Paul. But the fact [is] that they complemented each other so well. Their games, they all needed each other. You had Ray, who was a catch-and-shoot guy. You had Paul, who was sort of a go-to guy. You had KG, who was defense, rebound, unselfish, the consummate team guy. The pieces fit so perfectly. That’s a big part of it, too. It’s not just talent.” Boston Globe

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The Brooklyn Nets say Kevin Garnett is hoping to return from a back injury next weekend or during their trip to Florida on April 8-9. Also, Andrei Kirilenko is progressing from his sprained left ankle and is hoping to return in the middle of next week, the Nets said before their game against Minnesota on Sunday. Garnett has missed 16 straight games with back spasms, last playing Feb. 27 in a victory at Denver. The Nets have games next Friday and Saturday nights, then visit Miami on April 8 and Orlando the following night. USA Today Sports

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Kevin Garnett missed his 15th straight game because of back spasms, and Jason Kidd wouldn't provide a timeline for his return. In fact, Kidd said prior to the tipoff against the Cavs that Garnett doesn't have to play again in the regular season to start the playoffs in shape or in rhythm. Why? "He’s played this game. It doesn’t change. If he gets to play before the playoffs, that’ll be great. If he gets to practice before the playoffs, that’ll be great. And if he had no practice or no games, for him being on the floor (in the playoffs) would help us dramatically. So however you look at it, him playing with us will help us. And game shape? He plays at a high level so he’s going to get tired no matter what." New York Daily News

March 28, 2014 Updates

Kevin Garnett will miss his 15th straight game because of back spasms, and the Brooklyn Nets also will be without Andrei Kirilenko against Cleveland on Friday night. Kirilenko will sit out a third consecutive game with a sprained left ankle. The reserve forward missed 26 games earlier this season with back spasms, an injury that has now kept Garnett sidelined for about a month. USA Today Sports

March 21, 2014 Updates

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