Bulls’ Noah calls suspended Garnett ‘dirty’

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Associated Press
Monday, April 19, 2010

Already despised and cast as a villain in Cleveland, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah may now be Public Enemy No. 1 in Boston.

With a day off to recuperate after guarding Cavaliers behemoth big man Shaquille OíNeal, Noah decided to take a shot at Kevin Garnett, calling the Celtics forward ďa dirty playerĒ for throwing an elbow at Miamiís Quentin Richardson in their NBA playoff opener.

Garnett connected with an elbow to Richardsonís face during a sideline skirmish in the final minute of Bostonís Game 1 win on Saturday night. Garnett, who was called for two technicals and ejected, was suspended for Tuesdayís Game 2 without pay.

Before the suspension was announced, Noah said Garnett deserves whatever punishment is coming.

ďIím going to say it: Heís a dirty player,Ē Noah said Sunday after he and his Chicago teammates practiced at Quicken Loans Arena in preparation for Mondayís Game 2 against the Cavaliers. ďHeís always swinging elbows, man. .. Itís one thing to be competitive and compete and all that. But donít be a dirty player, man.Ē

Richardson was walking toward fallen Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who had gone down near Miamiís bench, when he got bumped by Garnett. The two exchanged words before others joined in, and TV replays showed Garnett landing an elbow to Richardsonís chin.

as players from both teams pushed and shoved.

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