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“Obviously, everybody wants a rhythm going into the playoffs,” he said. “I’m no different than that. I want to be as healthy as I can; everybody’s dealing with something at this time of year, and I’m no different from that.
“I just want to be strong. I want my mind fresh, I want to be as strong and as healthy as I can be, and go at this thing one thousand percent. Nothing less than that.”
[...] ”I’m going to go that,” he assured Dickerson when asked if he was “close to being able go 100 percent, or 1,000 percent,” when he returns. “It’s not an interrogative; it’s more of an imperative or a declarative. That’s what it’s going to be . . . My mind set will be 100 percent, all out. Because no one’s promised tomorrow. In the playoffs? You don’t get a tomorrow. Sometimes, this is it.”
That entire video is great. It’s not even 3 minutes long, but Kevin Garnett talking about going 1,000% in his return is enough to get you pumped up for the playoffs. And when the Celtics get to the playoffs, they’ll have some extra help on the bench… in Rajon Rondo.
“I think he can help a little bit, especially with some of the guards. Rondo has a great IQ… I was going to say huge ego… but great IQ. And he really does. He’s a smart, smart kid. So he will help, for sure. He’ll see things that a point guard can only see. And I think those eyes will be good for us.
That was Doc, getting a little dig in at Rondo at the same time.
So the playoffs will see the return of KG to the floor (he should actually return Sunday) and Rondo on the bench as a sort of an assistant coach as he continues his rehab in Boston. Considering the circumstances, it’s a nice little boost for the guys and for someone like Avery Bradley.
This summer, Rondo showed up at the Vegas summer league and coached up some of the young kids who were struggling to make the team. This is something he does. And Bradley, who is not a true point guard, will benefit from the extra set of eyes that is solely focused on that role.
I know we’ve got a few games to go, and people are sort of tuning out the rest of the regular season until we get to the playoffs. This is giving us something to look forward to.
Related links: ESPN Boston: KG wants fresh mind, healthy body
The rest of the links:
CSNNE: Ryan: It’s all mental with Jeff Green | Doc on his confidence heading into the playoffs | ESPN Boston: A point (guard) of emphasis | C’s eye Sunday return for KG | WEEI: Doc on D&C: Jeff Green “Starting to take off” | Jeff Green & Paul Pierce: ”We’re two lethal threats” | Herald: Kevin Garnett’s a possibility for Sunday | Jeff Green earns starting go | MWDN: Green will likely remain as starter | Globe: Celtics playoff prospects look murky