Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Boston Celtics [Print without images]

Monday, May 21, 2012
KG: The crowd is ridiculous

By Greg Payne and Chris Forsberg

Brian Babineau/NBAE/Getty ImagesCeltics center Kevin Garnett likes the home-court edge that TD Garden provides.
BOSTON -- It started as a simple question about an offensive foul call that seemed to stir the TD Garden faithful during the third quarter of the Celtics' 101-85 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series Monday night.

Kevin Garnett used it as an opportunity to shower Boston fans with appreciation -- and maybe take a shot at Philadelphia fans in the process. A look at the postgame exchange:
Reporter: Kevin, did that offensive foul [Garnett committed] against Spencer Hawes spark the team as much as the crowd?

KG: "I don't even remember. I don't even remember what you're talking about. It was on me?"

Reporter: You were going up against Hawes and they called you for an offensive foul, and the crowd really got back into the game at that point, and you guys seemed to be sparked after that play.

KG: "Man, we're sparked. This god damn crowd here sparks you. It doesn't take much here, man. I have no idea what you're talking about, to be honest. But when speaking about this crowd, it's like plugging in, man. You're enthused for 48 minutes on, from tip on. So I can't see the difference between minute from minute. I feel like every minute I look up I see my family, I see people yelling, I see the drunk fat guy. I can't decipher. I'm telling you, I can't decipher one from the other. This crowd is ridiculous. I love it."

Reporter: What's that feeling like? The crowd getting into it?

KG: "It's like taking a cold shower, stepping into a freezer that's 60 below. I wouldn't recommend it, but if you want the feeling, try it out, come back, let me know."

Later, Garnett was asked about comparing the crowds in Boston and Philadelphia. His response might have put him in the crosshairs of the boo birds in Philadelphia during Wednesday's Game 6.

"Not even close. Not even close," said Garnett. "You've got fans and then you've got fairweather fans. Take it how you want it."