BOSTON -- Jason Terry voiced his disapproval over Kris Humphries' hard foul toward the end of the first half that started a scrum and resulted in the ejection of point guard Rajon Rondo during the Celtics' 95-83 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night at TD Garden.
"That was unnecessary," Terry said. "Some guys are tough. Some guys pretend to be. [Humphries is] one of those that pretends to be. I played with him. Maybe that's the role [Nets head coach] Avery [Johnson] wants him to have, but he could leave that to somebody else."
Asked to elaborate on what kind of player Humphries is, Terry said: "Soft."
Terry maintained that stance, even when informed that Celtics head coach Doc Rivers had labeled Boston as a soft team following the loss.
"Well, Humphries might as well come play with us then, if that's the case," said Terry.
Terry was involved in the initial pile that spilled into the stands, before being pulled away and restrained by Brooklyn's Keith Bogans.
"Well, being a veteran, I wanted to, first, protect my teammates and make sure no one was seriously injured," Terry said. "And then, after that, whatever happens, happens. I'm more of a peacemaker at this point in my career. If this was five years ago, I might have thrown the first punch. So, I've got to watch myself now, but, at the same time, I definitely want to protect my teammates first."
Though Rondo is one of the quieter members of the team, his reaction to the hard foul didn't surprise Terry.
"Not at all. Again, we've got each other's backs in this locker room, regardless of what it may look like, or what people say or assume -- that soft thing," Terry said. "That word is always thrown around, but, to a man, I believe we're very tough individuals. But, with Rondo coming in, taking it up for KG, that just shows you. That's your point guard taking it up for your big man, so that shows you his toughness."