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Your Morning Dump… Where KG is the weak link for now

Chuck - Red's Army April 17, 2010 Uncategorized 5 Comments

Every 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.

In that March 7 game, Wizards players revealed, coach Flip Saunders (who
was with Garnett for 10 seasons in Minnesota) instructed them to attack
Garnett, force him to guard them one-on-one instead of allowing him to
flourish in the “help defense’’ mode. The coaches also urged JaVale
McGee to block Garnett’s first shot, even if it meant a goaltending
call, because in KG’s current mental state, they surmised, he would
subsequently alter his shot (Garnett finished 0 for 7 from the floor).

Globe – Questioning adds to KG's pain

I know KG is a shell of himself right now, but to read how other teams are attacking and exploiting him really struck a chord with me.

Jackie Mac has a great column on Garnett's personality, work ethic, the knee injury (he knew it would take a year to fully recover), his rehab, and his relationship with teammates.

Whatever happens in the playoffs, it sounds like KG will be a different player next season:

“It’s amazing how quickly people forget,’’ Garnett said. “They want to
see you fly high like you always did. They’re not even thinking about
how you aren’t even 100 percent, playing on one leg."

“I like it, though,’’ he said. “These
people saying this stuff, they don’t know [expletive] about me.

“They don’t know this summer, with the
education I’ve gathered on my injury, just wait. They see you hurt, they
see you get dunked on, they think your guard is down. That’s when I
take the clips off my guns.’’

Before reading this article, I was convinced KG was "done." Now I think he can come back stronger. While we'll likely never see the 2008 version of KG, there's hope he'll be better.

On Page 2, why Perk excels versus the Heat.

He’s averaged 15.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games against Miami
this season, including one of his best nights, a 20-point, 10-rebound
outburst Jan. 6. Perkins would say it’s not about the matchup, rather
more about the Heat letting him slip through the cracks.

“I don’t really think it’s against Jermaine,’’ Perkins said. “I think
it’s because of their defense. Miami is one of the teams that probably
kind of disrespects me. I think they try to shut down everybody else and
kind of forget about me. I always get easy layups and things like
that.’

Globe – Miami Perks him up

Perk goes on to say he's not focusing on offensive at all in this series. It's rebounding and defense. 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game is the goal.

The rest of the links:

Herald – Time to get it done now | Rasheed ready to rock | Rondo sick of illness | ESPN Boston – Rondo throwing up | Forsberg scouting report | CSNNE – Health issues still a concern | Celtics look to prove their oldies but goodies | WEEI – Cs land 19th pick in draft | Defending D-Wade | Finley: Cs need to show respect | Globe – Favorites prepared to embark on perilous path | Wallace not backing down | Celtics Blog: Preview review, looking back at my road ahead | Celtics Town: Rondo a warrior |

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  • Perry

    @Reds Army
    Maybe the word ‘done’ is a bit extreme.
    His comments were inspirational and upbeat. But it’s dangerous to assume he’ll ever return to that KG even with another off season of conditioning.
    Limitations, for sure. Poor lateral movement on defense has been evident. He’s not the same ol’ KG finishing around the rim either. But he never was a dominate post player in the vernacular of a Mchale. There are so many nuances to his game in spite of his age and the knee. So I see a good future for Kevin playing with some limitations. No doubt a lucrative one as well.
    I expect his minutes will go up to 35 or so, but can we expect a more measured performance? Does he have the stamina? If the answers are yes and Pierce is on his game then there’s no reason why this team cannot contend for the title.

  • Double P Reppin the B

    The playoffs start today, lets get a little more enthusiastic!

  • CFH

    I read that article this morning and thought you might go with Morning Dump… Where Doc is Castro.
    Great, great article by Jackie Mac.
    Let’s go, Celt-tics! Clap-clap clap-clap-clap!

  • IanD

    That article got me pretty pumped to join this team on a gutsy playoff run. Excited!

  • Jason

    Um, what? KG spent all year pissed at people asking him about how his leg looks hurt. He and the team, like year, tried to play it off. “Don’t look at the man behind the curtain. Nothing to see. He’s fine.” Now he’s blaming us for not realizing he was hurt all year? You can’t have it both ways assholes. Bottom line, KG is not KG. If he’s 90% KG now that it’s April when in January he was 75% KG, then great. Rondo’s better this year. Perk is better. Ray’s playing at his level and Pierce is showing signs of being Pierce again. If that’s all true, then maybe they will flip the switch and perform like we’ve been expecting. If not, what the hell is this team lacking? Today we finally end the 3 months of frustrated waiting and answer the question of if they really passed the time of the regular season to prepare for the postseason.