BOSTON – Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t let it go, so apparently referee Tony Brothers felt he had to go.
Anthony was ejected in the second quarter of Friday’s frustration-filled and defensively porous 115-87 loss to the Celtics at TD Garden, receiving consecutive technical fouls – two of the Knicks’ six T’s overall — for continually arguing with the officials.
Anthony bolted the locker room without talking to the media after the game, but his wife La La replied on Twitter to a mention about Brothers and her husband by tweeting “(Brothers) hates Mel. It’s personal. Always has.”
Anthony, who’d scored all of his 12 points in the opening quarter, was whistled for a foul after diving for a loose ball with Boston’s Amir Johnson off a missed shot with 4:44 remaining before halftime and the Knicks trailing 44-38.
Brothers signaled a technical foul on Anthony for jawing at him after the call, and the nine-time All-Star followed the ref towards center court. He continued yapping to earn the second “T,” along with loud jeers from the Boston crowd. It marked the ninth ejection of Anthony’s NBA career, but first since December of 2012 against Chicago.
“Bad language,” Brothers twice told a pool reporter twice when asked about each technical foul. “He dove on top of (Johnson). You can’t dive on top of a player to go after a ball. That’s a foul.”
Asked later if he has “a history” with Anthony,” Brothers simply answered “No.” But Anthony and Brothers did also jaw with each other during a game last week in Detroit.
Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, who tried to pull Anthony away from the ref after the first technical, also alluded to something personal between the two.
“The second (technical), I didn’t think it was coming at all. I didn’t think he deserved it,” Rose said of Anthony. “He was still talking in a low, low voice. I didn’t get it, but I guess they have a history or something and he was tired of it or something.
“But it comes with learning each other, and the next time I see him get one, I just got to run over there and diffuse it right away.”
Backup point guard Brandon Jennings also was tossed with a double-technical for griping at the refs in the closing minutes.
Joakim Noah (left) also picked up a technical for arguing from the bench late in the third.
“We were getting blown out. I felt like we got punked tonight,” Jennings said. “I was just frustrated.”
Joakim Noah also picked up what he termed a “very well-deserved” technical for arguing from the bench late in the third, and Kristaps Porzingis was slapped with another for punching the ball in the air in frustration after he was called for a foul early in the fourth.
‘I can’t comment on (the calls), except for some of those, I don’t blame the guys,” coach Jeff Hornacek said.
“We reacted in some way we shouldn’t, maybe, but we just wanted some more respect, I guess,” said Porzingis, who scored a team-high 15 points on just 5-for-15 shooting. “Of course to lose Melo early on didn’t help us out at all…But even with all that going on, we should have played better.”
Hornacek had insisted on Thursday that team president Phil Jackson didn’t force on him the decision to make assistant coach Kurt Rambis the team’s de facto defensive coordinator, even topically joking to reporters to “call Wikileaks to look at my emails. Zero. He didn’t have anything to do with it.”
Another shoddy defensive effort by the Knicks’ first unit, however, helped the Celtics jump out to a quick 19-8 cushion. Despite Anthony and the Knicks cutting it to four by the end of the quarter, Boston moved back up by 15 early in the third before blowing it open in the fourth.
With another game Saturday in Toronto, the Knicks (3-5) finished the game with 25 turnovers, including seven by Rose, who scored 11 points (3-for-10) in 28 minutes. Jennings also endured a poor game, missing six of seven field-goal attempts and finishing with six points and three turnovers before he was tossed with 3:20 remaining.
‘It’s human nature. Nobody wants to be embarrassed,” Noah said. “To lose like this sucks.
“We gotta get better, we gotta get better defensively, we gotta get better at executing and we gotta learn. We can’t just ease into games like this.”
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News