BOSTON -- Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett didn't spend long addressing his spat with Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva on Friday, but sent a terse message amidst the fallout from Villanueva suggesting Garnett called him a "cancer patient" during Tuesday's game in Detroit.
"He's a nobody," Garnett said following the Celtics' 110-105 overtime win against the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden. "I'm not paying attention to nobodies anymore."
With players, coaches and observers around the league offering their opinions on what Garnett earlier this week dubbed a "miscommunication," the topic remains a hot issue.
Brian Scalabrine, Garnett's former teammate in Boston, joined those suggesting Villanueva -- regardless of what Garnett said -- might have violated an unwritten rule with his postgame tweets exposing Garnett's trash-talk.
"I believe that Villanueva broke a code that should have never been broke," Scalabrine said. "What was said out [on the court], stays out there. I would never go to [a reporter] and say stuff that KG is going to say to me [during Friday's game], good or bad."
Scalabrine lightened the mood by quickly interjecting, "Well, maybe, the good."
One player who wasn't so thrilled with Garnett was Bulls forward Joakim Noah, who lashed out at Garnett (and
himself) after picking up a technical foul when tempers flared going into halftime Friday.
"I don't even want to get into that," Noah said, when asked about Garnett's propensity to rile up opponents. Garnett got whistled for a double technical with Villanueva on Tuesday, then got the same infraction after a scuffle with Milwaukee's Andrew Bogut on Wednesday night.
"I think whatever. He is who he is. At the end of the day, it cost me $2,000 today [for the technical foul]. Just getting upset at his dumb [stuff]. I'm not getting involved in it. It's stupid. I let his dumb a-- cost me $2,000, so I'm the dumb a--."
Chris Forsberg covers the Celtics for ESPNBoston.com. ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell contributed to this report.