It’s no secret that Joakim Noah doesn’t like Kevin Garnett very much and it’s a storyline that owes more to wrestling that basketball.



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Bulls center Joakim Noah has done a lot of talking about Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O'Neal stood up for his teammate after the Celtics beat the Bulls, 104-92. "These young cats have no respect," O'Neal said. "So, Kevin just has to teach them." 

 

Sounding a very philosophical tone, Kevin Garnett said he is not looking for any sympathy for the nagging injuries he's played through but rather just trying to enjoy himself as long as he can and as long as the NBA is still in business. On Friday against the Bulls, Garnett showed the dominant form from the 2008 championship season, scoring 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting while grabbing 17 rebounds in Boston's 104-92 win at TD Garden. 

 

An inspired Kevin Garnett scored 20 points and hauled in 17 rebounds against his arch-nemesis Joakim Noah as the Celtics won their sixth straight, 104-92, over the Chicago Bulls, Friday at TD Garden. Garnett and Noah were well-behaved for most of the night, except when both received technical fouls in the second quarter following a Garnett made jumper. 

 

Rajon Rondo survived a nasty spill to the floor in the third quarter and posted 19 assists to go with 12 points as the Celtics improved to an Eastern Conference-best 15-4 and 9-1 at home. 

 

Contrary to popular opinion, Doc Rivers is not a particularly easy man to play for. He’s not one to let things slide and he can be brutally honest with his players.



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Joining The Big Show, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke on a variety of issues during his weekly appearance, including LeBron James' return to Cleveland and the Miami Heat's early season struggles.
 

"Sometimes it takes a little longer to gel and figure things out," Ainge said.
 

When asked about the Miami Heat going forward, Ainge said, "They are very scary and they are very talented ... Erik Spoelstra is an excellent coach ... I think that team will be a team to be reckoned with."
 

Joining The Dennis & Callahan Show, Celtics coach Doc Rivers defused the rumors suggesting he would eventually be the coach of the Miami Heat.

 

"I really don't have any thoughts about that. As far as I'm concerned, I'm a Celtic and I plan on being that for a long time, as long as I'm coaching," Rivers said.

 

Celtics forward Kevin Garnett missed five minutes in the third quarter when team doctors had trouble closing up a wound under his chin that required five stitches. He took an elbow from Portland point guard Andre Miller that resulted in his departure from the game at the 7:47 mark. It was not until there was 2:24 left in the third quarter that Garnett got back on the court.

 

For the Celtics, the absence of Garnett seemed interminable. Coach Doc Rivers felt as if it was a road game while Celtics trainers worked with Garnett's wound.

 

So, here was the situation. The Celtics had somehow managed to turn a 16-point lead into a one-point advantage with just 28 seconds left after not scoring a point for almost five minutes.



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The Celtics have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 14-4 following their win over the Trail Blazers Wednesday night at TD Garden. But that great record is coming with a price - nagging injuries.