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Kevin Garnett said last night that his 14th All-Star Game appearance on Sunday in Houston will also be his last, though the Celtics forward stopped short of saying he was retiring at the end of the season.
Garnett, realizing he had just set off an alarm, then turned cryptic. He has two years remaining on his contract.
“This is definitely my last All-Star Game,” he said. “Ya’ll don’t know what I know. I’m more than grateful, and I’m not going to act like I have more All-Star Games in me. I’ll enjoy this one with friends and family. That’s what I meant.”
Watch the video and tell me KG isn’t retiring after the season. The initial reference to this being his last All-Star game is done so casually, as if the words slipped out of his mouth.
How clutch was the big fella last night? 8 points in the 4th. The huge jumper with 20 seconds left in the game. Throwing his exhausted body on the floor and out-hustling guys 10 years his junior. His refusal to sit out games vs Charlotte or Chicago.
I ♥ KG.
In other news, Paul Pierce revealed that he’s been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck for two months:
“It’s something that’s been bothering me probably for like the last two months,” said Pierce. “It’s getting better, though. The last couple weeks, it’s been better than it has been.”
Pierce is averaging 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 7.5 assists in February, while producing two triple-doubles over the past nine games.
Those February numbers are ridiculous. If his name was LeBron or Kobe, the national media would be all over this story.
At 28-24, the Celtics are a season high 4 games over .500. Following All-Star weekend, they begin a brutal 5-game road trip through Denver, Los Angeles (Lakers), Phoenix, Portland and Utah.
The rest of the links:
Globe – Celtics take win into break | Rondo has knee surgery | Herald – Celtics tire one on Bulls | Undermanned C’s have plenty of heart | Back surgery a long term fix for Sullinger | Predictably ugly win counts same for C’s | CSNNE – Rivers on adding a player: We’re going to take our time | Celtics close out first half with win over Bulls | Rondo underwent ACL surgery Tuesday | Garnett refused to sit | ESPN Boston – Bass chips in 40 huge minutes | C’s surprise yet again in taming of Bulls |