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Garnett "not surprised at all" by suspension

Posted by Gary Washburn Globe Staff  April 19, 2010 03:32 PM

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When asked if there was anything he could learn from the penalty, he said: "To always keep a cool head and understand a cool head always prevails. Period. Point blank. You try to pull something out of it and then apply it and I am sure I will do just that."

Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he believed Richardson, who was fined $25,000, should have also received a suspension for instigating the fracas. Richardson walked over to Paul Pierce lying on the floor and remarked that he was probably faking. Richardson said he walked over to Pierce, who was writhing in pain near the Heat bench, so he could inbounds the ball. Since it was a 24-second clock violation, the officials had not yet determined where the ball would be inbounded.

"You know how it go," Garnett said. "The person that usually instigates it is not the one who usually gets the penalty but it's over. It's what it is. We have both been dealt with. It's what it is."

Garnett worked out with the reserves instead of the starters because either Rasheed Wallace or Glen Davis will start. Rivers would not reveal who would replace Garnett.

"I was on second team today so we had a little more spunk, a little more fresh, a little spunk there if you will," he said. "It was fun. I haven't been on the second team since my rookie year so it was all good. I am sure everybody has to look at themselves and say what are they going to bring to this game. There was a little fire today, a lot of energy in the building, a very, very good practice. I think everybody is pretty much ready for Game 2."

Garnett won't be allowed into TD Garden, so he has arranged to watch Game 2 over team president Danny Ainge's home.

"It will be very difficult," Garnett said about being banned from the arena. "Danny Ainge is planning on having me at his house to watch the game and that's going to an experience. Danny talks through the whole (expletive) game. So we'll see. Trying to some pluses out of all of this."

The Celtics could make this incident moot with a victory Tuesday.

"Any time you win, it makes it all better," Garnett said. "The thing is here I want everybody to understand from my mistake here. I have a lot of faith in how we prepare and how we practice, usually. You can see our practices and see how hard we go, especially with the energy we had today. I guess it's like a foresight or whatever to come for Game 2. I am looking forward to see how we play."

When asked if he will have words of wisdom for Wallace and Davis, he said: "I just give Rasheed, who's obviously a gutty veteran, and Baby along with the other bigs some advice, my own personal insight from what I see in the game and hope that they can use it and it's useful."

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