January 3, 2008

THE PATS MAY ONLY BE THE THIRD MOST DOMINANT TEAM IN TOWN:

When it comes to Garnett, Green means go (Tony Massarotti, January 3, 2008, www.bostonherald.com)

Last night’s 97-93 victory over the Houston Rockets came despite a relatively lackluster effort from a weary club, but it also featured five or six of the most electrifying individual minutes thus far in this incredible Celtics renaissance.

Courtesy: The Big Ticket.

“My gas was high,” said Garnett, who finished with 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. “You play the best in the league, you can’t in go in with low gas. This building was . . . I fed off this building. It’s like this ballclub. I just plugged in and that was it.”

Actually, it was more like they fed off him.

Truth be told, the numbers do not do Garnett justice. They really do not come close. By the time the Celtics got to the middle of the fourth quarter, they had blown a 20-point lead and trailed the Rockets by three, 84-81. The gargantuan Yao Ming had fouled out both Kendrick Perkins [stats] and Scot Pollard, and the Celtics looked ready to slip for arguably the first time this season.

And then, keying a stretch during which the Celtics outscored Houston, 16-9, for the balance of the game, Garnett did it all. He scored 11 of those final 16 points. He blocked a shot and stole an entry pass. For a span that covered precisely 6:15, Yao did not merely go scoreless, he went without a shot.

All of it was because of Garnett.

For the moment, can we make something clear? Garnett is not merely the next great Celtic. He is also positively great theater. While single-handedly blowing the Rockets off the court, Garnett inspired the Garden crowd and nearly ripped off his own jersey, all with an intensity that oozes from his pores.


Posted by Orrin Judd at January 3, 2008 11:17 AM
Comments

They haven't made a road trip against the best teams in the Western Conference yet. After they do that, then we can talk.

Posted by: Brandon at January 3, 2008 11:58 AM

At the rate they are going with minutes played, the big three will be useless come playoff time...

Posted by: Benny at January 3, 2008 5:01 PM

There are only three good teams in the League and two are in the East.

Posted by: oj at January 3, 2008 7:50 PM

It's pro basketball, not subsistence farming.

Posted by: oj at January 3, 2008 8:06 PM
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