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KG Still Has An Impact On C’s

RedsArmyAdmin March 15, 2009 Uncategorized 7 Comments

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Just because we don't see Kevin Garnett on the bench when he's hurt… it doesn't mean he's not having a major impact on the team.  Just as Mikki Moore.

"I talked to KG early [Friday] morning," Moore said. "He was like, 'You're a veteran. We know you're going to be all right. Just take your time. Concentrate on your stuff. Get yourself ready. We don't really care what you're doing right now. This is the period where you're going to get right for the playoffs.' "

Moore is having problem guarding the pick and rolls… which was a major focus of practice yesterday.

Assistant coach and defense whiz Tom Thibodeau focused most of his attention on Moore, repeatedly drilling the veteran big man on stepping out on picks and trusting that a teammate would rotate to pick up his man if necessary.

“It’s just different systems and trust,” Rivers said. “He’s coming from a team (Sacramento) that was not a great defensive team, so I guarantee there is not a lot of trust. So we have to break him of that mental barrier.”

As for KG, he's making progress.

“We’re hoping next week we can get Kevin on the floor for some skeleton offense just to try to get his timing back,” Rivers said. “Unfortunately for Kevin, his first game will probably follow a non-practice, which is very difficult – to miss that many games and then try to play without practicing.”

And Leon Powe, even with all his success recently, is perfectly willing to take a seat and resume his bench role.

“KG is one of the premier players in the league, so we need him back,” Powe said. “We want our team at full strength. We’ll be that much harder to beat when we get everybody back and get everybody into their roles.”

Every Celtics fan I've talked to says the team just isn't the same without KG out there.  Even when they win, it's just different.  What the Celtics lack with him out is the ability to really make big runs.  KG and Perk defend the basket so well, it makes getting stops and getting out on breaks so much easier.  It's happened a million times… one bothers the shot… the other gets the board and fires to Rondo… and Rondo penetrates and kicks to Ray or Paul (or just takes it all the way in).  It's essentially a 4 or 5 point swing in the matter of about 4 or 5 seconds.  Get 2 or 3 plays in a short span and you've got the kind of game-changing run we've seen so often early this year.

That's important for guys Moore or Marbury, because it takes the pressure off them.  Plus, Moore will get more burn with KG… so KG will be able to bark out the instructions from the baseline and help Moore along.  That's a very underrated aspect of Garnett's game.  I've heard some opposing players say they're amazed at how much the Celtics talk on D.  It's part of what makes them so good.  It's like a quarterback like Tom Brady calling out where the defenders are so his linemen can block them.  It makes it easier for them to protect him because they know what's coming.  When KG's back there calling things out and making sure guys know where everyone is on the floor… or when he recognizes a play and gets guys into position… it just makes it that much harder to score on the Celtics.  It's invaluable… and it's part of what makes KG such a superstar.

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  • kilkillkill

    Lol@ La times article on the celtics…do they ever shut up?…and no we’re not 4-2 against orlando in the last 2 years, its 3-3, 2 losses came without KG, and this year are 2-1 against them….get over yourselves LA, you dumb punk sob’s…what were you saying leading up to the finals again? why do you ‘need’ homecourt to win? because of last year? talk your pea brains and focus on LA sports..assholes

  • baron

    “Lakers fans thirsting for another shot at Boston in the Finals could end up disappointed, since the struggling Celtics may not survive the Eastern playoffs.”
    HAHAHah!!! LA times!
    This just in, Lakers have already made the NBA finals in march, before the playoffs evem starter, meanwhile the “stuggling” celtics are 50-16…they should be really ashamed of that record, even with the injuries…ah yes, struggling celtics

  • Lakers aint shit until they dethrone us..

    the fakers are full of idiots thiking this one is in the bag. same as last year! underestimating these celts are your biggest mistake and that is exactly how you get beaten!
    man! I can still smell the 24pts comeback and the 39pts beat down from last year…hahaha..
    we’re battle tested fools!
    see you in june!

  • CFH

    I love that the green shamrocked Lakers gear sold well. Guess we already knew Lakers fans secretly wanted to be Celtics fans, but it’s nice to have confirmation.

  • http://jameyburke.blogspot.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    Did anyone else just hear Pierce tell Jefferson (about the scratch on his arm) “Yo man, just put some spit on it..” lol

  • Nora

    LA better be careful what they wish for. I believe they wished for the Celtics last year and were humiliated. Celtics have even more experience this year. I’d so love to see a team knock off the Lakers not because I don’t think the Celtics could beat them (they can) but because of their obvious arrogance that they think nobody is in their way. Spurs and maybe Utah and Portland.

  • http://nes247.com/home/?p=1805 Anonymous