Kevin Garnett praises Boston fans

BOSTON -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett saw a simple question about an offensive foul call that seemed to stir the TD Garden crowd as an opportunity to shower Boston fans with appreciation, then ripped Philadelphia fans for good measure.

Asked about the call and the spark it seemed to provide the fans as well as the Celtics, Garnett said, "Man, we're sparked. This damn crowd here sparks you. It doesn't take much here, man.

"I have no idea what you're talking about, to be honest. But when speaking about this crowd, it's like plugging in, man. You're enthused for 48 minutes on, from tip on. So I can't see the difference between minute from minute. I feel like every minute I look up I see my family, I see people yelling, I see the drunk fat guy. I can't decipher. I'm telling you, I can't decipher one from the other. This crowd is ridiculous. I love it."

The call came during the third quarter of the Celtics' 101-85 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series Monday night.

Asked what the feeling is like when the crowd is really getting into it, Garnett said, "It's like taking a cold shower, stepping into a freezer that's 60 below. I wouldn't recommend it, but if you want the feeling, try it out, come back, let me know."

Later, Garnett was asked about comparing the crowds in Boston and Philadelphia.

"Not even close. Not even close," Garnett said. "You've got fans and then you've got fairweather fans. Take it how you want it."

Game 6 of the series, which the Celtics lead 3-2, will be Wednesday night at Philadelphia.