BOSTON -- After exchanging shoves on the court - both were assessed a technical foul in the second quarter following one episode -- Bulls center Joakim Noah and Celtics forward Kevin Garnett each tried to down play the bad blood between the two.
Their battles became a hot topic nationally after Noah called Garnett "mean" and "ugly" during a radio interview last month. Noah said Garnett was particularly harsh during his rookie season.
Following the Celtics' 104-92 win at the TD Garden, Noah tried to downplay their head-to-head battle Friday night and said it wasn't anymore intense.
"It's been like that every time, every time I play KG," he said. "That's just the way it is.
"It doesn't matter. Who cares? At the end of the day, they won the game. That's what's frustrating. I don't care about the other stuff. At the end of the day, it's talk, all talk. Nothing's gonna happen."
Garnett, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds, didn't launch a verbal assault at Noah afterward, but he wasn't exactly sending out peace offerings, either.
When asked if he was motivated by what Noah said, Garnett said:
"I'm gonna tell you something about people, man. Everybody has an opinion. I'm not entertaining nor addressing nobodies. I'm not entertaining that. I'm focused on basketball and these wins and trying to make this team better. Other than that, I'm not [commenting] on anything."
Naturally, someone asked if he considered Noah a nobody.
"Next question," Garnett said with a smile.