NBA Suspends Boston’s Garnett Over Elbow

Kevin Garnett and his elbows won’t be doing any damage to the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first-round playoffs series against the Boston Celtics. NBA executive vice-president for basketball operations Stu Jackson announced on Sunday that Garnett has been suspended one game for hitting Heat guard Quentin Richardson with his elbow near the end of Game 1. Richardson, who tried trash talking a fallen Paul Pierce prior to the elbow hit, was fined $25,000.

The altercation, which occurred near the Miami bench, started when Pierce went down with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. Richardson stood in front of Pierce and started talking, which Garnett thought was inappropriate. As Garnett and Richardson exchanged words, the Celtics star threw the elbow that hit Q in the head. A bench-clearing scuffle ensued after that as players from both teams tried to pacify two warring players.

After the game, which the Celtics won, Richardson called Garnett and Pierce “actresses.” Garnett, on the other hand, said on Sunday that Richardson’s action on Saturday was “classless.” Game 2 is scheduled on Tuesday, and with the plot thickening in this match-up, more fireworks are expected as the series goes on.