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Your Morning Dump… Where KG has gotten smarter

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) March 5, 2013 The Morning Dump 2 Comments

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.

“We’ve given him more time off this year than we ever have for him,” Rivers said. “In the past, we couldn’t even brooch that subject with him. This year, he wants the days off. So, I think he’s gotten smarter in that regard and that to me is why he’s been able to play in more games.”

Garnett has played in 57 of Boston’s 58 games, averaging 14.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Most significantly, he’s averaging just a tick over 30 minutes a game, which is right where Rivers wants him. It would be even lower if the Celtics hadn’t played a franchise-record 10 overtime games so far, including the epic triple-OT game against Denver on Feb. 10.

“I think the days off have really helped, the subbing, the second year in a row with it, has helped. The 10 overtime games have not helped. That has not gone the way the planned it but it is what it is.”

WEEI:  Doc Rivers: A ‘smarter’ Kevin Garnett is well-rested and ready for stretch

This is actually an important part of KG’s development… and yes, I chose that word “development” intentionally.

Because no matter what stage of his career, a player is ALWAYS developing.  KG is transitioning into the final years of his career.  He needs to move into that stage mentally, too, and accept that he needs to rest every once in a while for him to reach his final goal.  This year he’s doing that.

Trust me, it’s not easy to do.  It’s hard to be in your mid (or late)-30’s and have your body just decide it’s not going to do what it used to do… especially when your mind still functions like you were 20.  It’s easy to let your mind play tricks on you, get arrogant, and try to defy time.  

KG’s already defying time as it is.  But now he’s being smarter about what it takes physically to get that job done.

Related links: ESPN Boston: KG Relaxing About Rest  |  MWDN:  For Garnett, rest assured

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston:  C’s mapping road ahead | Crawford learning on the fly  | Herald:  Bradley quietly plays role of defensive leader  |  Always a moving story for Terrence Williams  | Globe:  Bradley’s defense speaks volumes, but guard learning to speak up  |  CSNNE:  Wilcox battles back from heart injury  |  Randolph makes music off the court  |  Bradley earning defensive anchor label  |  Celtics determined as playoff seeding comes into focus  |  Celtics.com:  Doc enjoys Sunday in Maine as proud father

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  • Hooshang Adib

    I still believe that KG and Paul should start the game, take the second and third quarter off and return well rested in the fourth where they are the most needed and they have proved to save many games in the fourth. The bench can carry the load in the second and third.

    • Chris

      Disagree. It risks either one going cold. Rather than seeing them play probably 24 minutes in two long stretches, I’d say they should be playing 27-30 targetting 6 mins in each of the first 3, 9-12 in the last as needed. Pierce and KG shouldn’t have to be on the floor together through the second and third though. Green has proved he is good enough when he has actually been given the chance.