Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins is known to tell it like it is before and after games. He's not one to sugar coat anything and he often delivers lines that have the press corp laughing. Sometimes he cracks on his own players, and other times like on Saturday night, he has some fun at the expense of his opponents. But beware when you basically call Kevin Garnett and his teammates old.
From ESPN Boston via CelticsBlog:
While meeting with the media 75 minutes before Saturday's back end of a home-and-home, Collins noted, "There's no reason [the Celtics] should be fresher than us. Not with the amount of playoff games, the amount of minutes they've put into this league."
Not exactly the worst thing in the world to say, but then Doc Rivers passed the info along to his team:
And asked after the game how Garnett and his 51,152 minutes responded to
the news, Rivers noted, "Kevin reacted the way you think he would
react." Which is to say that Garnett was essentially enraged.
Yeah, you don't really want to do that.
The Sixers went on to get beaten rather handily on Saturday night. KG had a team-high 19 points and shot an efficient 9-11 from the field. And he's a scary human, so there's that.
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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.