Boston Celtics Forward Kevin Garnett last week showed that the early solid returns of the second half are nothing compared to what can be expected the rest of the way. This past week saw Kevin Garnett not just up his game, but KG reverted back to his pre 2008 form that could carry a team on his back. His efforts earned him player of the week as Boston went 3-1 with some impressive road wins that had KG’s hand prints all over them.
The first great performance was his domination of Miami. His defense was solid as usual, but his offense was what won Boston the game. KG ate Miami alive for 24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks. However, it was not just his the fact he filled the stat sheet, it was when he did. The Celtics were in a very tight game in the fourth quarter until KG would bury four straight very tough shots to push Boston’s lead to double digits and give Celtics the win. Miami contested KG’s shots perfectly, but KG willed the ball through the hoop.
The next big night came against Atlanta. Playing the second night of a back to back KG was again huge. KG anchored the defense with strong play in the middle as he shut down the driving lanes perfectly. He would also control the boards with 12 rebounds and collect three steals by owning the paint.The Hawks would only score 86 points with an overtime due in large part to Garnett.
Once again KG’s offense was huge as well. KG would score 22 points and attack the basket all night. His jump shot was solid, but KG looked to score in the post and he did more often than not. The consistent scoring was huge because the team was struggling for offense that game.
The team had logged a lot of miles and played a lot of games during the week and needed a boost against New Jersey. KG provided that boost by again not only anchoring the defense, but providing some offense. KG would score 21 points and grab 12 boards as Boston earned the win.
Kevin Garnett vowed to up his play after the all star break and he did. However, he did not say that he would ratchet up another notch for the playoff drive. His numbers show that he doing just that as he averaged 20 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and a block. These are not only clearly better than his season averages, but even better than his solid second half averages. KG seems to be getting better every game and this is great news for the Celtics playoff hopes. Remember Go Green or Go Home!!!!!!!