Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett had been an absolute beast for Boston entering game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi Finals. KG was playing like he did during his “Big Ticket” days in Minnesota. His defense was amazing as he led the playoffs in plus minus as the Celtics were plus double digits with him on the floor. KG was not only playing his usual top tier defense, but dominating on the offensive end. KG was averaging an amazing 23 points a game including a 27 point and 29 point explosion in the two Celtics victories. However, in game four KG would finally prove to be human as he struggled at a fourth quarter LeBronian level.
KG never really got going this game on the offensive end. KG’s normally reliable jump shot was just not there as he struggled to get the feel for it. The post was just as bad for KG as he struggled. KG would just not have the touch in the paint as he missed layup after layup. KG would turn the ball over as well seven times as he either traveled, committed a dumb offensive foul, or committed a bad pass.
KG was also not as sharp on the defensive end. He would be a hair late on his rotations and sometimes made the wrong decisions to help away form his man with no one there to grab his guy. The result was easier baskets for the 76ers in the paint. KG would finish with a startling minus two to be in the negative for the first time in the playoffs thus far.
The good news is I just do not believe that KG will have another game like game four. He just has been too dominant this playoffs to fall off the map that hard again in this series. The bad news for Philly fans is KG played the worst game he could have and on the road the Celtics still had a chance to win this game.
I look for a big rebound game from KG in game five. Every big game this series KG has come up huge. Game one saw the 27 point outburst to set the early tone in a big win. The 29 point game three performance to take back home court after dropping game two was another vintage performance. Game five is another huge game and this means plan on KG responding and Boston delivering a win.