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“Kevin was great,’’ Rivers said. “I was worried, I thought we may have gone a little too hard [Monday]. But he was the anchor. I was upset the play before the last play, he should have been on the post and he was somewhere else – I wanted him to get the ball. But he’s just been so solid for us. We’ve got to go to Kevin when we have the advantage, all the time.’’
“We probably could have opened up the game if we took care of the ball,’’ Garnett said. “[It] wasn’t a good showing.
“Momentum is important for us right now. We’ve got to find a way to get it done. We’re playing every other day and this is going to be a grind right here, a true grind, physically. We’ve got to be into it and just be ready to hoop, man.’’
KG is passing the eye test and statistical test. Look at his numbers for February: 16.8 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 56% FG. His points and rebounds are +2 and the shooting percentage is +9 from January.
Now if we could just freeze Garnett's production at this level and lock it down for the rest of the season, maybe his teammates could catch up. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen's numbers are down (downright ugly) for February.
If Doc Rivers could only get his guys running on a high level at the same time, I know the Celtics could make a surge.
Go ahead and scream at me and my optimism in the comments section.
On Page 2, an obscure website says Lamar Odom wants to play in Boston.
Odom is having his worst statistical season of his career after winning Sixth Man of the Year with Los Angeles in 2010-11, shooting just 35 percent from the field, 57 percent from the free throw line, while averaging 7.7 points per game.
As a result, Odom may now be searching for his second home in less than a year.
After speaking with a league executive Tuesday night, Hoops Authority has learned that Odom is seeking a buyout from the Mavericks, with his focus set on taking his talents to the Boston Celtics or New Jersey Nets.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has vehemently denied a previous report by ESPNDallas.com documenting Odom's request, but we have confirmed that such a request has been made.
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We can play along with this report and ponder where Odom would fit in Boston. With KG at center and Brandon Bass at power forward, Odom could be the first big off the bench. There are also some minutes playing behind Paul Pierce at small forward. The way Pierce has been struggling, some competition might do him good.
This is silly. Mr. Kardashian is not coming to Boston.
The rest of the links:
ESPN Boston – Rapid Reaction: Celtics 86 Cavs 83 | Welcome to the Grind | Globe – Return of Bass adds offensive dimension | CSNNE – Celtics/Cavs: What we saw | Herald – Postseason no sure thing | WEEI – Nothing cavalier about victory | True Hoop – Rajon, the overrated? |