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“I told myself and I had a meeting with Doc, and he was very straight-up
with me, and I’ve just got to be a post presence,” Garnett said.
“That’s my focus. I’m trying to get my rebounding up and all that. I
want to be a presence obviously on defense, but I want to be a better
post presence and I want to be a lot more aggressive the second half.
That’s where I’m at.”
KG has been noticeably bettter in the last few games. He's flashed a little bit of his explosiveness. And there's still no better passer out of the post than Kevin Garnett.
If the Celtics can run their offense through an effective KG on the post, then they're going to be just fine.
Here's hoping he can have the same influence on Rasheed Wallace… who has been great down low this year but terrible from 3 about 90% of the season. Both those guys need to live on the blocks and only step out occasionally.
Coming up, Page 2… Where the Celtics are looking forward to meeting the new guy
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“We know he can score a lot of points,” Kevin
Garnett said. “We know he brings a lot of energy to the building. He
plays with his heart. I love that about him. The Knicks are not known
for their defense these days, but if you’re a player or a coach or an
assistant coach in this league, you know he’s active out there. He gets
steals. He gets his hands in passing lanes. He picks the ball up. Other
than Rondo, we haven’t had a guy like that.”
This week will be the first time they’ll have a chance to see what
“We’ve got to make sure we welcome him, make sure he’s comfortable
whether it’s on the court or off the court,” Ray
Allen said. “He’s who we need. He’s what we’ve got. There’s nobody
else coming, and we want to go deep into the playoffs. The better he
plays, the better we are as a team.”
Ray's quote is tinged with "we'll see"… and he's not along. The guys liked Eddie House. So to hear Ray say "He's what we've got. There's nobody else coming" is basically like him saying "I don't see why this guy helps us any more than Eddie did… but we gotta make it work."
Hey, I'm right there with them. I'm not against this trade… I just want to see how it fits. He's a better all-around player than Eddie House, but it's all about fit.
It's like buying a suit. You can buy the nicest suit in the store… but if it doesn't fit right when you put it on, it doesn't really matter how much better it looks than your old suit. Maybe you can tailor it to fit, and then you'll be fine. But if you can't, then the suit just sits in your closet… taunting you and your orangutan-like arms.
Whoops, sorry… got a little personal at the end there.
The rest of the links:
Herald: Celtics road ends with a trip | George Karl likes Celtics chances | Globe: Rocky finish to Celtics trip | Injuries take toll on Pierce | A (traveling) bag of tricks | ESPN Boston: Thumb limits Pierce on offense | CSNNE: Robinson set to debut on Tuesday