morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as
satisfying as a good morning dump.
Garnett on the heels of the Boston Celtics' 98-95 overtime win over the
Portland Trail Blazers at the TD Garden. "You just keep hitting the gas and it keeps going."
"I felt good out there," said Garnett. "Confident. Strong. I got banged
a couple times. That's part of the game, you get roughed up."
Garnett acknowledged his timing was off, and that drove down his
rebounding numbers. But he tried to make up for it wherever he could,
including tirelessly chasing Portland forward LaMarcus Aldrige, nine
years his younger, for much of the game.
Coming out of a timeout in the fourth quarter,
Garnett went body to body with Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge way before
the ball was set to be inbounded. Aldridge turned to the baseline
official with his arms up as if to say, “Seriously?” Yup.
Garnett’s entire game is predicated on making
people on the other team uncomfortable, while also providing a comfort
zone for his teammates. Garnett continued to jostle with Aldridge and
when the shot caromed off the glass Garnett threw his body into the
fray with his old reckless abandon.
For some unknown reason, some people around here love to point out all of KG's deficiencies. The smart fan knows Garnett will never be the same player he was prior to injuring his knee last season.
Last night's statistical output (13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks) will likely be the very least he can contribute to this team. As he regains his timing, the stats will improve… and so will the Celtics chances of winning the championship.
On Page 2, why Brian Scalabrine is one tough bastard.
Heat while trailing Michael Beasley on a pick. However, he wanted to
maximize his opportunity in Kevin Garnett’s absence and played the next
seven games with the injury.
“The only thing that was hard was when I play defense, I used my
forearms to create space so the guy can’t feel my body. I couldn’t do
it with this side so it was just a minor disadvantage,” he explained.
“You have to learn to play with your feet a little more instead of
using your body, your spacing, stuff like that. But I think hopefully
these next couple of days it’ll get better.”
It wasn’t until the pain became unbearable during Wednesday’s game
against the Pistons that he decided to undergo an MRI. On Thursday,
Scalabrine learned he had a Grade 2 AC joint injury, which he says, “is
not a major separation.”
The rest of the links:
Globe – Reflect, Then Look Ahead | Welcome Result | A Turnaround Jumper for Ray | Herald – Miss and Hit Night for Ray | That's the Ticket | Big Green Injection | WEEI – KG to the Rescue | CSNNE – A Win is All That Mattered | Cs/Blazers Talking Points | Celtics Blog – Cs Prevail in KG Return | Celtics Hub – Ray-demption