Kevin Garnett Warns Raptors of Repercussions of Masai Ujiri's Colorful Comments

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2014

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 22: Kevin Garnett #2 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 22, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Kevin Garnett may be playing in his first postseason with the Brooklyn Nets, but that doesn't mean he's not in the business of fiercely protecting his team's home turf. 

According to The New York Times' Andrew Keh, Garnett had some choice words for the Toronto Raptorsand specifically general manager Masai Ujirifollowing the Nets' Game 2 loss: 

Video of Garnett's comments can be viewed below. 

Of course, Garnett was simply responding to Ujiri's R-rated statement prior to Game 1, which he was later fined $25,000 for by the league office, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt

To make matters juicier, Raptors forward Amir Johnson went on the offensive following the Game 1 loss, according to the New York Post's Fred Kerber: "We have his back," Johnson said, speaking of Ujiri. "I’m with him 100% so if he said ‘f ‘em,’ I say ‘f ‘em.'"

After taking a 1-0 series lead behind Paul Pierce's late-game heroics last Saturday, the Nets faltered down the stretch in Game 2. Incapable of holding on to a slim two-point lead at the end of three quarters, Brooklyn surrendered 36 fourth-quarter points to the Raptors, 17 of which came courtesy of DeMar DeRozan (who finished with a game-high 30 points). 

Despite shooting 12.5 percent (2-of-16) from three, the Raptors emerged victorious thanks in part to a 52-30 rebounding advantage and a second straight double-double (15 points and 14 rebounds) from center Jonas Valanciunas. 

And as Bleacher Report's Stephen Babb writes, Toronto's youth movement shouldn't be taken lightly after the Raptors' big guns held it together down the stretch: 

Toronto is also demonstrating more composure than we might have expected. Young as this roster is, it didn't throw up its hands after dropping a winnable Game 1. It hasn't been overwhelmed by prevailing notion that Brooklyn claimed the momentum out of the gate, at least not yet. 

Remember when the Eastern Conference playoffs were supposed to be a bore? Well between Garnett, Ujiri, Toronto's exuberance and some raucous home crowds, we're in for first-round thriller with the potential to go the distance. Games 1 and 2 have proved as much. 

What remains to be seen is if Garnett and Co. can hold up their end of the bargain and stave off the kings of the Atlantic Division back on American soil.