The NBA wasted little time in handing down a one-game suspension for Kevin Garnett, announcing the penalty Sunday night, leaving the Celtics without their leader for Tuesday's Game 2 against Miami. Garnett elbowed Quentin Richardson in the face in a melee near the Miami bench at the end of the Celtics' 85-76 win in Game 1 Saturday night.
Richardson gets a $25,000 fine.
Here is the statement from the league:
NEW YORK, April 18, 2010 – Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics has been
suspended without pay for one game for striking the Miami Heat’s Quentin
Richardson in the head with an elbow, it was announced today by Stu
Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Richardson
has been fined $25,000 for his role in the altercation.
The incident occurred with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth period of the
Celtics’ 85-76 victory over the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference
First Round on Saturday at TD Garden.
Garnett will serve his suspension Tuesday when the Celtics face the Heat in
Game 2 at TD Garden.