Despite Being Past Their Prime, Kevin Garnett And Paul Pierce Are Finding Ways To Help Brooklyn Nets

By Mark Wilson
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets keep finding ways to win games rather than ways to lose them.

Early in the season, this was a game the in which the Boston Celtics would have completed their comeback  and shocked the Nets. However, this is a very different Nets teams and their record of 10-1 since 2014 is all the proof that fans need. The team has come together as a unit and are playing the best basketball in the NBA.

It was a homecoming for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and the Boston faithful let them know how much they appreciate their former leaders with numerous ovations. They didn’t have their best games, but they did enough to help their team earn another victory and that’s what matters most.

The Nets had a pretty bad shooting night from the field as only three players scored in double-figures, but they rode their now-stellar defense to notch the win. Andray Blatche has to be at the top of the Sixth Man of the Year conversation with another strong outing for the Nets. Deron Williams continued to come off the bench, but still led the team in minutes played.

The Celtics had their chance, but they are fighting through some growing pains as they continue to look for a stable, yet productive lineup since the return of Rajon Rondo. It is going to take some time, but you can see the fight they have in them as they battled from 12 down in the fourth quarter to make this game closer than what it should have been.

Garnett and Pierce may not be the players they were when they were leading the Celtics to NBA dominance, but they are still able to contribute and show leadership in other areas. With this emotional game crossed off the schedule, the Nets can now focus on their main goal — a championship.

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