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Bulls’ Noah calls suspended Garnett ‘dirty’

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Associated Press
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 O’Neal, Noah decided to take a shot at Kevin Garnett, calling the Celtics forward “a dirty player” for throwing an elbow at Miami’s Quentin Richardson in their NBA playoff opener.


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


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


“I’m going to say it: He’s a dirty player,” Noah said Sunday after he and his Chicago teammates practiced at Quicken Loans Arena in preparation for Monday’s Game 2 against the Cavaliers. “He’s always swinging elbows, man. .. It’s one thing to be competitive and compete and all that. But don’t be a dirty player, man.”


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


as players from both teams pushed and shoved.



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