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Friday, December 3, 2010
This time, Garnett gets better of Noah

By Nick Friedell

BOSTON -- Perhaps, Kevin Garnett has heard the “Waddle and Silvy” show before.

At some point, the Celtics forward must have listened to Joakim Noah's appearance on their radio show last month, in which he referred to the former All-Star as "mean" and "ugly", because he looked like a man on a mission Friday night.

Joakim Noah
Joakim Noah was frustrated by the Bulls' loss to the Celtics on Friday.
His mission was to break Noah's will ... and the Bulls’ spirit in the process.

After scoring 20 points and pulling down 17 rebounds, I think it's fair to say he was successful on both fronts.

"I'm going to tell you something about people, man," Garnett began after the game. "Everybody has an opinion, and obviously, he had one. I'm not entertaining nor addressing nobodies. I'm not even entertaining them. I'm focused on basketball and these wins and trying to make this team better. Other than that, I'm not on anything."

So, does Garnett consider Noah to be a nobody?

"Next question," he replied with a small wink, clearly implying he didn't think very much of the Bulls center.

For his part, Noah really didn't want to get into his continuous scrapes with Garnett after the game, despite the fact that they were both assessed a technical foul on Friday and appeared to play even more physical than usual.

"He played very well," Noah said. "He won again. So we'll get ready next time we play him."

Was it any different than usual, though?

"It's been like that since, every time we play KG, it's always like that," Noah said.

As much as Noah may try to downplay it, it appeared that Garnett again got into the 25-year-old's head a little bit. The veteran took Noah out of his game and left him searching for calls from officials that never came.

"It doesn't matter. Who cares?" Noah said of all the hype regarding the pair's rivalry. "At the end of the day, they won the game. We got our asses kicked and they won the game so that's what's frustrating. I don't care about the other stuff. At the end of the day, it's talk. It's all talk. Nothing's going to happen. What's frustrating is they won the game and we didn't."

Need for 'Sheed?: In the midst of head coach Tom Thibodeau's postgame press conference, a familiar face popped his head in and asked a question.

"I need a job," former Celtic Rasheed Wallace said.

It sounded like a joke, considering a few seconds later Wallace peeked his head into the Bulls locker room and started chanting "Scal-a-bri-ne".

Did Thibodeau think Wallace was serious?

"I don't know," he said with a chuckle. "He's a good player."

The last word: "The games keep coming. The one thing is, we got into this together, we got to get out of this together. We got to fight a lot harder. We're capable. We'll play a lot better, but we got to put more into it." -- Thibodeau, on his team's recent struggles.