After he missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer of the Celtics' 106-104 loss to the Knicks on opening day, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett shoved ex-Celtics player Bill Walker -- who was defending him on the play -- in the neck. The two were quickly separated by members of both teams.
"I guess he got mad that I contested his shot," Walker told reporters. "He grabs my hand, tangles it up, I pulled my hand away and then we had a situation."
Walker said that he was unsure where Garnett hit him, but implied that it was evidence of a pattern of dirty tactics.
"You're putting your hands in my face . . . Come on. Y'all know what the man does," said Walker. "I don't know where he caught me . . . I just know I saw his hand coming in my face, you know what I mean? That's disrespectful."
Garnett declined comment to reporters, while Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he did not have a good view of the incident. Garnett scored 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists and five fouls in 37 minutes.
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