Friday, January 19, 2007

Wolves 98, Pistons 104 2OT

From Steve Aschburner/Star Tribune:
When Kevin Garnett can get tossed out for fighting with barely five minutes left in the fourth quarter of a tie game, against a formidable Eastern Conference contender the Wolves beat in OT just four days earlier, and when the teammates he left behind can hang in seven of the extra 10 minutes the teams stitched onto the clock, the sort of complacency and casualness they showed in their last performance were nowhere in sight.

AP Recap

Box Score

Where the hell was Ricky Davis?
Davis, who had five points in 23 minutes, looked peeved when he was replaced by Foye during a third-quarter timeout. Davis left for the locker room, and assistant coach Rex Kalamian came after him. Casey and James both claimed Davis had to visit the bathroom. He was back on the bench later in the period, but James and teammate Justin Reed were each seen giving him pep talks.
"I didn't like his focus," Casey said, adding that he didn't think about putting Davis -- the team's second-leading scorer -- back in again.

On the fracas:
"I know they can win without me. I don't think they can win without K.G.," said McDyess, who appeared to start the angry tangle by knocking Mark Madsen over with a forearm shiver while they maneuvered for rebound position with 5:18 remaining in regulation and the score tied.

"Everyone in this locker room is behind Kevin Garnett 100 percent," Madsen said.