|Posted by shawn cassidy on February 25, 2013 at 1:25 AM|
I find it fascinating how athletes are in tune with their bodies. For Kevin all it took was a couple of missed free throws that led him to the conclusion that he needed a game off.
"I'm a leg guy when it comes to free throws," he said. "That's how I gauge a lot of things. Me missing free throws is not unusual, but early parts of the game when I'm taking them and missing them ... Doc (Rivers) recognized that."
Without KG the Celtics have zero chance at a long playoff run. It's like that every season, and without Rondo this season it's more of a need. Kevin is a unique player, and he uses so much energy in his 28-32 minutes of work a night. Doc made it clear that KG will miss more games this season. Possibly two, or maybe just one more. With the Celtics in just get to the playoffs mode. KG's health like most years is priority number one.
"It's not my first preference," Garnett said. "I'm an old school kind of guy; I like to play through things. I've always been a person who has been taught to play 82 games. That's my makeup. In this situation, it was probably needed."
With KG out, it was a coming out party for Wilcox, and newbies like Williams and Crawford.
"Every guy can just step in and step up," said Boston's Chris Wilcox who had 14 points and eight rebounds against the Suns. "It gives other guy's an opportunity to see where their game is, and also gives them extra reps out there."
"You want to see guys evolve, certain players evolve and get better," Garnett said. "Anytime players are getting better, anytime players are evolving, that's always a great thing."
"That's good whenever you can win a game and Kevin doesn't play," Rivers said. "We were just trying to win quarters earlier in the year when he wasn't on the floor. So that was good."
It is good Doc, but at the same time the Suns didn't scout the Celtics without KG. They had no idea, but the Celtics underhandedly beat the Suns. Kevin bounced back in Portland with 20 points, and 9 rebounds. His shooting was rough, and he hit some key jumpers in the 4th quarter. I think KG was rested, but a bit rusty in the middle of the game, and towards the end. He started the 1st,and 3rd quarter well. KG hopefully has enough gas for Utah in a must win trap game. It's the last game of the road trip,and we don't know if the Celtics will be looking ahead towards coming home.