While the Celtics yesterday described him as the agitator of the confrontation that got Kevin Garnett suspended for tonight's Game Two of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, Miami Heat forward Quentin Richardson said he was surprised to even have been fined for his actions. Richardson was docked $25,000 for his actions in the final minute of the Celtics' Game One victory.
"I was, but there's always a chance when there's an altercation that more than one party could be penalized," he said, according to press reports. "But, at the same time, it happened, it's over with. I want to put it behind me."
Celtics coach Doc Rivers indicated during his team's practice yesterday that Richardson should have been suspended as well as Garnett, but Richardson for his part said the Garnett suspension was a no-brainer.
"I mean, that's how it's been in the past," he said. "It's been pretty clear-cut about that."
Garnett is banned from the TD Garden tonight and will reportedly watch the game at Danny Ainge's home in Wellesley, Mass.