Found January 04, 2013 on NESN.com:
BOSTON — Doc Rivers sensed the game going downhill fast, with his own physical Celtics team matched up against an equally hard-nosed Pacers squad. Things were getting so chippy, Rivers sent Brandon Bass to the scorer’s table to replace Kevin Garnett before something bad happened. Rivers turned out to be a beat too late. With Bass waiting to substitute, Garnett was slapped with a flagrant foul, penalty two, for striking Indiana forward Tyler Hansbrough in the face in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 94-75 win on Friday. Both Garnett and Rivers looked surprised when head official James Capers signaled for a flagrant foul, and both Celtics were absolutely incredulous when video review upheld the flagrant-two ruling, which came with an automatic ejection. “I was firm,” Garnett said after his early trip to the showers. “I didn’t mean to get him in the face like that. I was actually trying to strike the ball. They called it what it was. It’s a physical game. That’s what it was. It’s part of...
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