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Your Morning Dump… Where KG is back

RedsArmyAdmin March 1, 2012 Uncategorized 14 Comments

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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. 

"I’m going through some personal problems as of late, but I’m good and I’m back," Garnett said. "And I’m looking at life a little different. I'm beat up and all that, but I'm just giving everything I have — nothing less than that."

[...] "It really has been all year. You look at his numbers and it’s amazing," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "[Critics say] 'Oh, Kevin is this' … it’s all you hear. And no one looks at his numbers. And I’ll tell you where no one really looks is his numbers per minutes played. You know? It’s not like Kevin is playing a ton of minutes, and he’s still putting up numbers. He’s just been a phenomenal guy to coach, I can tell you that, every day.”

ESPN Boston:  Notebook – KG: "I'm good, and I'm back"

KG has been playing great.  First of all, I know we all hope whatever personal issues KG is going through are behind him.  

Secondly, let's look do what Doc said and look at his minutes.  He's playing 30.8 minutes per game this year, down from 31.3 last year, but not his lowest in the Big 3 era.  He played 29.9 in 2009-10. His high was 32.8 in his first year with Boston.

His per 36 minute production is up slightly from last year, averaging 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3 assists per 36 minutes… that's a slight uptick from the 17.1 points, and 2.8 assists per 36 last year, but a drop of almost a full rebound (10.3) from his per 36 last year.  

The most impressive numbers come in the month of February:  17.6 ppg & 9.3 rpg this month… nearly a double-double… all coming in 30.5 minutes per game. 

That's a lot of numbers to say KG's stepping up his game.  Impressive for an almost 36 year old.  Last night, the Celtics offense was at its best when it ran through KG.  For a team that desperately needs to right itself on the offensive end, a productive KG might be the most welcome sight yet. 

Related links:  WEEI:  The under the radar greatness of Kevin Garnett  |  Herald:  KG remains motivated, influential  

On Page 2:  Doc considers pulling Jermaine from the starting lineup

Healthy or not, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said beginning games with this five-man group has been on his mind well before O'Neal got hurt.

"I actually like this lineup," Rivers said. "I was actually thinking about doing it, regardless."

CSNNE:  Doc considered lineup change before O'Neal injury

I've been calling for Wilcox to step into the starting line up because I like Bass' scoring on the second unit much better.  But Bass is a little better at setting screens and he doesn't get lost as badly on the defense end.

So it comes down to a substitution pattern, and Doc changing what he's been doing.  Instead of playing Rondo, and often Pierce, the full first quarter, Doc has been pulling those guys a little earlier.  When you sub KG and Ray out after 5 or 6 minutes, they can come back in when Pierce and Rondo come out, allowing more starters to be on the floor with the 2nd unit.  

That second unit has been abysmal most of this year, but they stepped up last night.  Adding Jermaine O'Neal to it will at least give them a better defensive presence, and maybe let them get a few extra stops so they can get out in transition.  Plus, it'll maybe limit his minutes a little more so he can be more productive. 

Related links: Herald: Sore Jermaine can't play  

The rest of the links: 

CSNNE:  Celtics continue to struggle with turnovers  |  Celtics-Bucks:  What we saw  |  WEEI:  Rondo: "I'm at my best when I'm in transition"  |  Herald:  Rajon Rondo play points way  |  Celtics put it together  | Rookies stay prepared  |  Globe:  Report: Rondo back on block  |  Second effort sealed deal  |  Return of Bass adds offensive dimension 

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    yea lets all jump up and down. kg can really dominate those lottery teams cavs/bucks, he’s finally earning that 250k per game.

  • mike

    god when did celtics fans become such cynical assholes?

  • Ian

    Wow… Really? I guess his D didn’t mean anything to this team when they won a champion ship. What about his current numbers/defense? Give me a break guy.

  • TJames

    You sir are a fool.

  • KY Celts fan

    Tell me about it.

  • Brick James

    Don’t feed the trolls.

  • KY Celts fan

    greenbeand certainly isn’t a troll. He’s a loyal reader of Red’s Army. Though a bitter one at times.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    all of your basket ball IQ’s are skewed in fantasy land. we’re getting about 60 cents on the nba dollar. pls let me know when kg shows-up against teams w/winning percentages, or posts up in the box, or goes off for 30/20. usually that’s what championship teams needs from their top guns.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    Goes off for 30/20? How many guys in the league do that? Kevin Love and… umm… that’s it. So that’s a little fantasy land there.
    As for vs. teams w/winning percentages:
    - 13.0 ppg 9.7 rpg in 3 games vs. Chicago… a near double-double
    - 16 & 10 vs. Dallas
    - 15.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg vs. Indiana … could be better, but not terrible
    - 12 & 12 vs Lakers
    - 24 and 9 vs Memphis
    - 17.5 ppg, 12.5 rpg in 2 games vs OKC
    - 13 ppg, 10 rpg vs. Orlando
    Just a sampling of numbers vs. winning teams. When you’re a 36 year old PF that’s one of four options on the floor… this is pretty good. He’s had some good production against winning teams.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Greenbeard, this is NOT a championship team. You know that, right? Frustrating for all of us, but give the old man some credit for playing his ass off.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    with a healthy jeff green and david west this was a championship team. no doubt kg hustles and makes us better, but for the money he needs to dominate every night. unfortunately his body can’t/won’t react like it use too.. for the money i’m not content at settling for mediocre numbers. i’ve yet to see his kevin mchale low post impression.. just saying

  • http://profile.typepad.com/lobbe Caterpillar from Italy

    KG is the heart and soul of the Celtics, period.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    His “McHale impersonation”? Go on youtube and type in ‘Garnett’ & ‘Timberwolves’…..Greenbeard you might as well be askin Doc Rivers to suit up and guard somebody. Yes, Green would have maybe helped, West certainly, but that’s not happening. Enjoy the guy and what he brings while you can.

  • chachee

    greenbeand, i get where you’re coming from. players who make $$ should perform. however, we knew this day would come. this was the agreement. KG outperformed his contract. he changed everything about this team. you can’t knock the guy because of father time. im not a fan of paying an athlete for past performance but this is different. if there’s anyone of the C’s team to hate on, it’s not KG. he’s not strong enough to play in the post. he’s not quick enough, not athletic enough. however, he still works hard every game and thats all you can ask for. the most frustrating part of all this, is not the lack of effort, but the fact that most of these guys can’t play at the same level anymore. paul’s first step isn’t as quick as it once was. jermaine should retire after this year. if it wasn’t for the fact that ray is a freak athlete and a once in a decade kind of player, he would be on the outs as well.