Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Post-Game notes and reactions

The 44 points KG scored last night rank second to his career and franchise high of 47 which came against Phoenix in January 2005.

In addition to blogging about Stanford's coach and the school's mascot, Mad Dog talks about the win and, in particular, Coach Mike D'Antoni:

He and I jawed a little bit during the game during a stretch when I was pushing for a technical foul for the Phoenix bench when they really protested a call. He heard me calling out to the officials: "Give them a technical" and then he yelled at me to "just play basketball." It was a little heated for a second then it just died down. I got his point and he was probably right.

Garnett on the game:
"What's important is we knew if we didn't come out and play, this team would embarrass us,'' said Garnett...

Wittman comments before the game:
"I've played in this league, coached in this league, and never faced a team that's won 17 in a row," Wittman said.

Jon Barry/ESPN on how the team broke the Suns' streak:
The Big Ticket, Kevin Garnett, (44 points, 11 boards) was unbelievable. The change in coaches also brings a change in philosophy -- you're seeing more Mark Madsen and Marko Jaric too. Randy Wittman didn't get a fair shake when he was in Cleveland, but he's been there and he's a good coach.

Patrick Reusse/Star Tribune believes that before the victory over the Suns, the "last time the home crowd left downtown Minneapolis with such grand appreciation for Garnett" was during the Western Conference finals.