The Boston Celtics and Kevin Garnett are gearing up for another playoff run. After starting the season awful, the team had a second half resurgence. The resurgence coincided with the play of one Kevin Garnett. The playoffs are here and KG and the Boston Celtics are looking to continue the resurgence.
The second half of this season has been a renaissance for Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett. His defense has always been game changing even the last two years as he has struggled to come back to be the player that he was before the 2009 injury that in my mind cost Boston about two more NBA titles. The effects of the injury were clearly on the offensive end. KG either did not have the strength in his body to get in the post and bang around for baskets or he just did not have the faith in his body to hold up at both ends of the floor. The result was KG was just not an attacking player on offense the last two seasons.
The great news for Boston is KG seems to back in a form close to the KG of 2008. He is aggressive and looking for his shot in the post. KG is active in the paint as he drives to the basket more and has had some pretty reverses that have not been seen in his bag of tricks in a few years. His turn around and fade in the paint have also reappeared. He is also showing a lot more faith in his jump shot. KG seems to trust his range more and more. The result is KG averaged about 17 points a game in the second half of the season to help Boston’s offensive attack.
KG’s numbers during the second half are not as dominant as his old “Big Ticket” like numbers in Minnesota, but he does not have to be that dominant. The Boston Celtics just need him come playoff time to be the guy that he has been the second half of the year. KG needs to look for his offense and be aggressive. He needs to put pressure on the opposing defense in the paint and knock down his open jump shot. If he does, then doubles will come his way and that will free up space for guys like Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, and Avery Bradley to operate.
The Boston Celtics will only go as far as KG can carry them. Yes, they need Rondo to be Rondo and Pierce to be Pierce, but it does not matter against the top teams if KG does not show up. Does anyone really believe that Boston would have dominated Miami the second half of the year without KG’s inspired play? Judging by his body of work this season, I think the Celtics can count on KG to provide just that. This is great news for the playoff push. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!!