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Your Morning Dump… KG is our defensive kingpin


Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here…
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In the three games in Boston, two of which were won by the Celtics, Garnett averaged 18.7 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Defense is equally important, and he shined, holding Gasol to 15.3
points and 9.3 rebounds.

“I think a couple guys maybe thought KG lost a step or something when
he struggled in the first few games, but he’s caught his rhythm, doing
intangibles on the court, scoring, rebounding, assisting, blocking
shots,” point guard Rajon
said. “He’s changing the game. That’s what he’s been doing for us all

Herald – KG walking the walk

Remember how Kevin Garnett looked in Game 1 of the Finals? He was the gimpy dude who missed lay-ups and was run ragged by Pau Gasol. Foul trouble made him irrelevant in Game 2.

But all that seems like a lifetime ago.

During those three games in Boston, KG was a FORCE. His defensive intensity and activity in Game 5 was vintage Garnett.  The Celtics and their ferocious defense held the Lakes to 88.6 ppg in Boston.

If the Celtics are going to win this series, they'll need KG to maintain this level of play. They can survive without Ray Allen's jump shot or Rajon Rondo's free throw shooting, but there will be no Banner 18 w/o our defensive kingpin. He's the key to pulling off this Finals heist in LA.

On Page 2, Tony Allen says he wants to be a Celtic for life.

“I am a Celtic,” he told “I love being a Celtic. It’d mean
everything in the world [return next season].”

Even though basketball is a business and the look of a team can
change in an instant, Allen can’t imagine himself wearing anything but
green next season.

“None whatsoever, none whatsoever,” he said. “I mean, things happen
but I feel like I’m going to be a Celtic for life.”

WEEI – TA wants to resign with Celtics

Four months ago, I would have laughed in the face of anyone who claimed the Celtics needed to resign Tony Allen. But that's the beauty of TA. When you write him off, he shocks the hell out of you. And when you fall in love with his game, well… no need to go down that road now.

One thing's for sure, if TA continues to play smart, intense, in-your-face defense on Kobe
Bryant, the Celtics will have competition from other
teams when it comes to resigning him.

The rest of the links:

Globe – Foreign territory has been Celtics comfort | Road to glory (Shank) | It may be now or never | Confidence still LA staple | 'Three' finally coming up big | Herald – Doc as good as gone (Callahan) | Celtics close to goal | Ray Allen: No backing down | CSNNE – Fitting that Cs need win on road | Injuries slowing LA | Yahoo! – Jackson title run again blocked by Rivers | LA Times – Celtics on verge of letting air out of Lakers balloon | ESPN Boston – What to watch for in Game 6 | Cs don't want a Game 7 |  

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    TA being TA?

  • Brian

    Tony ‘Trick or Treat’ Allen has been serving up treats so far. We can’t have any trick bags tonight!!

  • thetitleisours

    We still have one (or two) to go in the enemy arena. Series is not over.
    Do you think the amount of time between this game and game five favors either team (e.g., enough rest for a defensive minded team) ?

  • BigMck

    Its not enough rest for either team. The Celtics studs may be older, but the Lakers big guns have played a lot more minutes.
    Gasol looked gassed in the 4th quarters in the last two games.


    is this a foul by kg???

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    no, KoMe is clearing out with his left elbow, and KG is going straight up.

  • DRJ

    The one key guy in this series who needs rest more than anyone else is Bynum. Therefore, I think the Cs gain the most from this short turnaround.