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Your Morning Dump… Where KG Swears He Had At Least One Rebound… Literally


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.

“You know what, I’m looking for the statistician around here. And when I find out what he looks like, we might have some problems,” joked Garnett. “I had a rebound in the first quarter. That’s bull—-, man. No, that’s f—ing bull—-. That’s all I’m going to say. I had a rebound in the first half, thank you. I think that’s an error, we’re going to fix that.”

ESPN Boston – KG Incredulous About Zero Rebounds 

Since July 31st, 2007, the day KG officially became a Celtic, we have been extremely fortunate to have him represent the green.

Obviously his game had been well established well before he arrived here, but the Hall of Fame bound Ticket has provided C’s fans with several great memories off the court too, mainly in the form of post-game interviews.  Last night was one of the best rants as he was playfully pissed (or maybe not) about not getting credit for a single rebound.  Even Doc messed around in his post-game interview about it:

“He had one — a tip-in for [the 76ers],” quipped Rivers, referencing a bucket that Garnett inadvertently tipped in for Philadelphia in the second half. “That’s what I told him after the game. He didn’t know [about having no rebounds], it was amazing. He was shocked he didn’t have a rebound.”

Enjoy every last second of his time here because guys like KG are once in a generation type of a player.

Related links:  Globe - Zero rebounds in stat book grab Kevin Garnett’s attention | Herald – KG Blanked on Boards | CSNNE – KG Fails to Grab a Board for First Time Since ’97

Prior to the game, there was one stat that isn’t officially kept (I’m not sure how it could be quantified), that pre-enraged KG and Jason Terry.  What would that be?  Well, let them tell you:

KG – “One thing they don’t keep track of is heart and cajones,” said Garnett. “OK? You can monitor all the minutes you want, but you can’t monitor someone’s drive, what fuels them and motivates them. Doc came in here and gave us that so — Doc’s the best at getting the best out of us in certain ways, and tonight’s no different from that.”

Terry – “Fresh legs don’t mean anything if you don’t have the heart to go with it,” said Jason Terry. “You’ve got three champions when you talk about the guys that logged the most minutes over the last how many years. After losing a game like [Friday] night, tonight was personal. Philly has had our number so to speak, and this was a game for us to prove to ourselves that that team is not better than us, and that’s what we believe.”

ESPN Boston – Celtics do in Doug C.

I’m sure Doug Collins is a great motivator, well at least for his opponents.  This was great work by the Celtics media to give the message to Doc pre-game, who then relayed the message to KG and his team.  Most of the Celtics don’t really need any extra motivation to get amped for a game, but playing the second game in two nights against a Sixers team that is younger and more athletic, it sure did provide a mental jolt that seemed to energize them for a full 48.  Typically these tactics don’t translate much directly during regular season games this early, but this home-and-home had a mini-playoff feel to it, and with that resulted in a rare wire-to-wire beat down of a C’s opponent.  Thanks Doug, but you know better to let sleeping old dogs lie.  Not only did you toss them a bone, you left plenty of tender meat on it.

Related links: MWDN – Rivalry Renewed with 76ers | CSNNE – Celtics-Sixers review: Words come back to bite Sixers

The rest of the links: ESPN Boston - Lee’s 3 on the mark this time around | Globe - Celtics fight off fatigue, gain revenge by topping 76ers with ease | Rookie Jared Sullinger comes up big for Celtics | Dwight Howard seems miscast in Los Angeles (Sunday Notes) | Herald - C’s look to Kevin Garnett as usual | Kevin Garnett, C’s get most of their time | Collins says C’s on right track | Lakers’ fate up to Nash (Sunday Notes) | CSNNE - C’s re-discover defensive dominance | Marshall: Green playing with edge, fire | Marshall: C’s need to start setting tone early | Pierce – ‘I love the way we responded’ | Hours after Majerus’ funeral, Doc returns to bench | Lee wants to ‘get a little revenge’ on Sixers | WEEI - Doc Rivers pays his respect – in person – to Rick Majerus | MWDN - Celtics 92, 76ers 79: Response team earns split | The real Jeff Green is standing up for C’s

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  • Andy

    @greentide: this is untrue. There’s more cut and paste than the usual morning dump but that’s because there were a ton of good quotes. Most of what was pasted is a direct quote from a player or coach. It’s the morning dump man….this is how it always is.

  • Chuck – Red’s Army

    Jay did a great job of gathering all the good quotes and interviews for this Dump. That’s the goal of this type of post.

    If you don’t like it…

  • Larry Legend

    Chuck why are you always so bitchy when someone expresses displeasure with your site? Greentide’s post is stupid, but why can’t you be professional about it like John. Take the high road once in your life instead of trying to be the smart ass tough guy who really isn’t smart or tough. Who cares if someone doesn’t like something on your site…quit being an overly sensitive mope.

    • Chuck – Red’s Army

      If I wasn’t an overly sensitive mope… who would you direct your frustration towards?

      PS – You’re welcome.

  • Quest

    Rondo may be the future of this team/organization but KG is the heart and soul.

  • Quest

    I come on this site to read the news which ever way not to read all the critics… Like it was said if you don’t like it……

    • Larry Legend

      Agreed.

  • Jay

    Technically, it was copy+paste… Thanks for visiting the site!