The Game 1 altercation between the Celtics and Heat has left both teams with another objective besides containing their opponent — they’ll also have to contain their emotions in Tuesday’s Game 2.



Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has been suspended one game for landing an elbow to the head of Miami's Quentin Richardson in a fourth-quarter fracas during Saturday's playoff game between Boston and Miami. Garnett will sit for Tuesday's Game 2 at TD Garden. NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson made the announcement Sunday. Richardson was fined $25,000 for his role in the altercation.


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WALTHAM — Kevin Garnett does not regret his actions during Game 1 of the Celtics-Heat playoffs series, he said following practice on Sunday. He was ejected after receiving two technical fouls during a fourth quarter altercation with Quentin Richardson.


Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah ripped Kevin Garnett Sunday morning after the dust-up between Garnett and Miami's Quentin Richardson in Game 1 of their playoff series. "He's unbelievable, that guy," Noah said to reporters in Cleveland where the Bulls are getting ready to play Game 2 against the Cavaliers. "I'm gonna say it: He's a dirty player, man. That's messed up." Noah and Garnett have a history.

It should have been a night of redemption for Kevin Garnett.



In the course of 48 minutes the Celtics replayed their 2009-10 season, only in reverse. They were sloppy and uninspiring early, just like they have been over the last three months, and then suddenly they were engaged defensively and unselfish offensively like they had been until Christmas. 



Quentin Richardson wasn’t looking to stir up trouble before Game 1 of the Celtics' first round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Heat.&nbs



Referee Joe DeRosa, who ejected Celtics forward Kevin Garnett with 40 seconds remaining in the Celts' 85-76 win over the Heat Saturday night at the TD Garden, issued the following statement regarding the disciplinary action: "He was ejected for throwing an elbow that made contact with Quentin Richardson. He had already had one technical foul for taunting with Quentin Richardson before that. Then as the altercation went on he threw an elbow that did make contact with Richardson, which was his second technical foul and he was ejected."


Speaking after his team dropped an 85-76 decision to the Celtics, Miami guard Quentin Richardson spoke of his dislike for both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It was the skirmish that Richardson got into with Garnett, with Pierce on the floor with an apparent injury, that led to Garnett being ejected from the game with 40 seconds remaining.


"I don't like them," Richardson said, "and they know it."


Speaking after the Celtics' 85-76 win over Miami in Game 1 of the teams' first round Eastern Conference playoff series, Heat forward Michael Beasley suggested that the Celts were going to try and use intimidation throughout the playoffs. "They're physical, we got physical. We're not going to back down," Beasley said. "They're a real physical team and I think they tried, and are going to try, to punk us throughout the series, and it's not going to happen."