How much do the Celtics want Joe Smith?
Even with KG hurt, they have not really pursued Mikki Moore, an available 7 footer that may help the Celtics. The Celtics are clearly biding their time, waiting to hear about Smith's availability. And Smith appreciates the interest.
“That’s very flattering,” he said. “Obviously KG and I played together in Minnesota, and we talk quite often. And this is the defending champions. They accomplished a lot last year and this year, too. For them to feel that I can be a piece of their puzzle, that’s very flattering.”
As for KG's injury, Paul Pierce is trying to look on the bright side.
“I was saying he probably needed a little rest anyway. He seemed kind of ailing over the last couple of weeks, kind of like little nicks and knacks bothering him. Maybe this will be good for him down the stretch, because we’d rather have a 100-percent Kevin Garnett than a 50 percent – especially going into the playoffs.”
Again… if Celtics management and his teammates saw he was getting run down… WHY THE HELL WAS HE PLAYING?!?! Why didn't KG skip the All Star game? If he had skipped the game before and the game after the break, He could have had a full 10 days off.
So KG could have gotten a week and a half of rest while missing 2 games. But instead he's getting 2 weeks of rest and missing 8 or 9 games… including a huge match up against our biggest threat in the conference, the Cavaliers. Yeah, that makes sense.
On a much different note, the days of shipping guys back and forth to a D League team in Utah might be over. A team appears to be coming to Portland, Maine. Danny Ainge is expected to be at the announcement Wednesday… and even a moron like me understands that means something.
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