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Your Morning Dump… Where KG can’t tell who’s guarding him

Chuck - Red's Army May 21, 2012 Kevin Garnett, The Morning Dump 6 Comments

KGEvery 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.

“It doesn’t matter. All of their big guys are playing physical and bumping,” Garnett said. “You go through side picks and it’s physical. I can’t tell one guy from the next. Spencer Hawes is being just as physical as the young kids. It’s all the same. They’re very aggressive.”

But tonight in Game 5, the Celtics can’t afford to have the generous Garnett — the one spreading the wealth — passing nearly as often. The Celtics are 1-3 this postseason when Garnett takes 12 shots or fewer, and 5-1 when he takes 13 or more.

Shots are just as important as touches, though according to coach Doc Rivers, an acceptable amount of offense is running through Garnett’s hands.

“His touches weren’t down,” Rivers said of Game 4. “He got a lot of the same touches. I thought in a lot of cases — we counted nine times where he was trying to be a passer instead of a scorer. So we have to get him back mentally thinking to attack.

Herald – Celtics fare better when Garnett is firing away

Someone tell KG that Spencer Hawes is a young kid. He may move like he's 35, but he's only 24.

The formula for tonight's Game 5 isn't as simple as "get the ball to KG." The Celtics have to get him the ball at the right time:

"Every time they went on runs, we took a jump shot," said coach Doc Rivers.

But in the victories, Rivers added, "Any time we missed a couple shots, we went right back to the post." 

The officiating is also key. Will the refs allow Philly to play rough with Garnett or will he actually get the star treatment we see handed to Lebron, Wade and Kobe?

Related link: ESPN Boston – C's want KG to be more aggressive

On Page 2, Avery Bradley is a game time decision.

Bradley did not participate in Sunday's afternoon workout and is officially a game-time decision for Monday's Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series (though the expectation is that he will likely play). 

"It came out. It went right back in, which is crazy," Rivers said of the Game 4 dislocation. "It’s a tough thing, what he’s going through. A lot of players would not be playing." 

Rivers said he dealt with painful shoulder dislocations, but nothing to the extent of what Bradley is battling. Bradley dealt with minor dislocations during the regular season and the shoulder would often pop back in whenever it slid out. During Game 3 against the Hawks, it didn't immediately go back in and he's worn a sleeve over his left shoulder to help alleviate discomfort. The team initially listed him with a sore left rotator cuff. 

Bradley underwent treatment before Sunday's practice, but was held off the floor as the team went through half-court sets in a light workout. As has been the case for much of the postseason, it's still likely that Bradley, who carried on at the end of Game 4, will be available for Monday's Game 5. 

ESPN Boston – Doc concerned about Bradley's shoulder

I touched on this yesterday morning. Bradley can't keep playing like this. 

The Celtics medical staff must find a way to stabilize the shoulder. Maybe this?

Related links: Herald – Bradley taking a break | WEEI – Bradley's shoulder a concern

The rest of the links:

Herald – Celtics facing a must win | Celtics looking for another bounce back effort | Globe – Rivers unsure of defensive lineup | Celtics are focused | Increase in activity right move | Collins would prefer to give this type of talk a rest | WEEI – Caught off guard | ESPN Boston – C's reflect on Game 4 loss

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  • JR99

    It seems pretty crazy that the DOCTORS who work with the Cs are letting Bradley play with his shoulder in such bad shape… where even a slight touch to his ARM in the wrong direction throws his shoulder out. They’re really pushing it. One can only hope that he won’t injure himself in any way that can’t be fixed with the surgery he is certainly going to have in the offseason.
    It’s a damn shame, because that kid is really important to this team. If he goes down for the count, I don’t think the Celtics can replace him and still win it all. They’ve managed to put together a viable team so far, after all the MANY injuries this year… but I think losing Bradley would be the straw that breaks this camel’s back. Here’s hoping he lasts another 10 wins.

  • Alex

    Hate to say it but if Bradley goes down, that is it for the Celtics.

  • paul

    I think it’s great that we are preoccupied with getting everyone going except Rondo.

  • KY Celts fan

    He’s the guy who controls the offense. It’s kinda up to himself to get Rondo going.

  • Dave

    This statement is sad, probably true, but definitely great. Who would’ve expected to hear something like this at the beginning of the regular season?? Let the Bradley era begin!

  • Pete

    This is what AB needs… http://www.imgur.com/oaqLs.jpg