WALTHAM—Kevin Garnett had some harsh words for Nets forward Kris Humphries following Wednesday night’s fight at TD Garden. Garnett was the recipient of a hard foul by Humphries that set off a scuffle between players from both teams under the Celtics basket. Garnett addressed the situation on WEEI’s Mut & Merloni show Thursday.
“When you watch film on the dude, he’s always extra,” Garnett said of Humphries. “We watched him on film the last time we played him in Brooklyn and he kind of gave Paul a similar type of foul, two hands, had something on it. Dude’s always been known to be out of control. He’s always tried to play the tough guy or whatever role you want to do it. It was a little extra, but it comes with the territory and it comes with the game. ... I guess they’re trying to hold up to the whole Brooklyn mentality.”
Garnett defended teammate Rajon Rondo, who could be facing a suspension after coming to Garnett’s defense.
“Rajon doesn’t like anybody messing with teammates or messing with brothers or family,” said Garnett. “It’s been how it is since I’ve been here. We have each other’s backs out there.”
The Celtics practiced at the team facility in Waltham Thursday. Garnett said the team has discussed the incident.
“Everybody’s talked,” said Garnett. “We all talked. When we came out of it, it was like, ‘Is everybody OK? Is everybody OK?’ Just making sure that we as a group were OK.”
More concerning to Garnett is the way the Celtics have played. The veteran big man says his team has to stop worrying about fouls and play with more physicality, especially on the glass. Brooklyn’s 16 offensive rebounds were one reason Celtics coach Doc Rivers called his team “soft” after the game.
“There’s only one way to respond,” said Garnett. “I would never think that I would be on a team that would be called soft. I’m not a hardcore guy. I’m not a gangster or thuggish or anything like that. But I am what you call firm. I do play with a physicality.
“I don’t really want to say that we’re soft, because there’s men in here. Where I’m from you don’t call another man soft. ... Coach’s assessment, it is what it is. Whether you take it as criticism or he’s trying to make us better, it’s your call.”
In a bit of a lighter moment, Garnett was asked what he was going to get former teammate Ray Allen for Christmas.
“Absolutely nothing,” said Garnett, after a long pause. “We have Secret Santas around here, and I want to focus on my Secret Santa.”