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Doc Rivers on Kevin Garnett comments: ‘Have at it’


PHILADELPHIA — Predictably, the Celtics [1] were barraged by the Philadelphia media at their morning shootaround about comments from Kevin Garnett [2] following Monday’s Game 5 win that put Boston on the brink of the Eastern Conference finals. Garnett, who lead the Celtics into Game 6 Wednesday night, called Philadelphia fans “fair-weather” and said they don’t match up anywhere close to Boston fans.

“I have no reaction to that,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers [3] said. “I’ll let you guys stir that pot. Have at it, have fun with it. I don’t think either fan base likes each other anyway so I don’t think it added anything. I said [Tuesday], ‘What are they going to do? Hate us more?’ So, what’s the difference?”

“I don’t know anything about that,” Ray Allen [4] added. “You have to ask [Garnett] that question. I don’t have any reaction because I don’t know anything about it.”

Wednesday morning, John Mitchell – a Philadelphia columnist – replied to Garnett’s comments by labeling Boston fans as “bigoted” in light of the incident after the Capitals eliminated the Bruins in Game 7 at the Garden on a goal by Joel Ward, a black player for Washington. Mitchell invoked the days of Bill Russell [5], the Celtics legend who had serious issues with Boston, even when he was playing and winning championships in the city.