Given the pushing and shoving and tetanus shots the last time the Nets and Celtics met, you had to figure yesterday's meeting in Brooklyn wouldn't be played without at least some shenanigans. A Christmas miracle!—Kevin Garnett was involved.

In the fourth quarter, with the game mostly out of hand, Garnett and Gerald Wallace got tangled up on a rebound. Garnett, magnanimous sort that he is, said afterward he was only holding on to Wallace to keep him from falling. Wallace had a handful of Garnett's shorts because...well, Garnett would like to know that too.

"I asked him what he was doing, and he didn't respond. I looked at him like, ‘What are you doing?' And that's when he smacked my hand away. It wasn't nothing. He was holding onto my shorts and I didn't know what he was doing."


Shortsgate resulted in technicals for Garnett, Wallace, Andray Blatche, and Courtney Lee. Wallace refused to talk to the media after the game, Doc Rivers complained about the refs' eagerness to call double-technicals, and Garnett continued to muse about what this country's become.

"I don't know where in America you can jack somebody's pants up or shorts up."