Thursday, April 18, 2013

Playoff Time 2013: Kevin Garnett


 The term “Celtic Pride” is something that is abstract but pulsates throughout the entire Boston Celtic Locker room. I don’t think there are very many players who are “True Celtics” and exemplify what it means to be one more then Kevin Garnett. He has been loyal, played the right way and endeared himself to the garden faithful. When asked earlier in the season around the trade deadline about a possible trade to the LA Clippers Garnett responded by emphatically saying “If it's up to me, Garnett said, "I will live and die green all day”. Garnett refused to waive his no-trade clause and decided to give an NBA Title run one last shot in Green on the Parquet floor.

At this point in his career Garnett is all about preservation and understands that he needs to have energy left in the tank when the games really count in the playoffs. He isn’t the young man we saw in Minnesota lead the Timberwolves to the Conference finals, He isn’t putting up gaudy numbers, He isn’t even a power forward anymore as the NBA has evolved more into a run and gun fast paced league he has became a center. KG is a grizzled vet that understands his role on this Celtic team.

People often ask if “The Big Ticket” has anything left in the tank. Well he is 36 and Is still averaging 14 points per game with 8 Rebounds a game. It’s not Garnett like but that is more then serviceable for a guy playing on a team that’s fairly deep. If you ask him that question yourself he would probably tell you to just watch and then go out and have a big time playoff performance.

As the Celtics enter the playoffs they will take on Carmelo Anthony and a New York Knicks teams as underdogs. It is no secret that these two teams have a history of playing physical basketball. This is the kind of series Kevin Garnett was built for, the kind  of series where he can reannounce to the basketball world that he is still capable of being a dominant playoff performer. Will Kevin Garnett make a big time impact en route to a Boston first round upset of the Knicks? I guess that’s why they play the game

The NBA Playoffs begin April 20th as the Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics take on Carmelo Anthony the New York Knicks

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