May 14, 2010

HIS MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION DOESN'T APPEAR ON THE SCORESHEET...:

Garnett stands tall after sitting: He made punching ticket much easier (Frank Dell’Apa, May 14, 2010, Boston Globe)

The Celtics knew they had this one after Garnett dunked for an 88-74 advantage with 5:53 remaining, the celebration starting as Cleveland called a timeout. Garnett started the sequence, taking possession as Mo Williams lost his dribble, then going behind his back to start the transition.

But the Celtics had to play this one out, and the Cavaliers were within 92-85 with 2:07 to go. Then came a 40-second possession, capped by a Garnett turnaround jump hook. Before that possession, only one Celtic — Kendrick Perkins — had been able to grab an offensive rebound. But after Paul Pierce’s drive was blocked, there was Garnett to follow. And miss with a hook shot. And to follow again, this time going to Rajon Rondo, the Celtics calling a timeout with 1:36 left. The Celtics then went to Garnett to clinch the win, the only Celtic field goal of the final 4:37.

“Over the course of the season I’ve been fortunate to be healthy and can honestly say I’ve gotten stronger,’’ Garnett said. “And the playoffs come around, it’s time to step it up another notch, and that’s all I’ve been trying to do, nothing more, nothing less than that, it’s no secret. I take care of my body, I’m a workaholic when it comes to trying to better myself and nothing’s changed, so it’s paying off.’’


...it's the way he intimidates teammates into playing defense.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 14, 2010 6:15 AM
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