|Posted by shawn cassidy on December 29, 2011 at 10:25 PM|
I can't imagine KG as an ordinary player, who does ordinary things. Their will be a time were KG realizes he can't be "THe Big Ticket" anymore,and he will have to become Kevin Garnett an oridanry person . I have always had some pity for KG after the 2009 season. In 2008 he became a world champion,and his name was added to list of great players who won a title. In 2009 KG was working on an encore with the Celtics to win back-to-back titles. I think it's fair to say that KG hit his peak in 2008,and in the middle of 2009 everything went out the door. He's never fully recovered from the injury. Well he may have recovered,but he's never been the same after. It could just be old age,and miles on his body. When KG made his return in 2009-10 he looked like an ordinary player. We saw some good things that gave us hope,and Celtics fans had hopes for KG during playoff time.
KG dragged his legs all season long,and finally when the playoffs started KG broke out of his brace like little Forrest Gump. KG was a step quicker,and KG was a force again. KG wasn't the KG from 2008,but that didn't stop him from helping his team. We know the Celtics fell short for the NBA championship,but if KG doesn't find his extra bounce who knows if they even make it to the finals in 2010. Rondo had a lot to do with the finals run that year,but KG came to life just like frosty the snowman. In the 2010-11 season KG had a bounce back year. He looked very similar to the KG from 2008. He wasn't as explosive,but he did have some of it back. In the playoffs last year KG had a big game three against the Heat,and after that game he was a no-show. He couldn't muster up the same performance,and he couldn't even control Bosh anymore. I don't know if the final two games in the Heat series were a sign,but KG is playing very similar to that KG.
The Garnett we have this season is a jump shooter. He's a very good shooter,but the Celtics need a player that can go in the post. KG just won't do it. The bigger concern I have about KG is his bread,and butter,and that's his defensive attitude,and his ability to lead the Celtics defense. This isn't new to you,but KG looks like he's aged dramatically in terms of game play. I'm really hoping we get one more year out of KG,and I hope for him as well. The Celtics need the KG from last season,and if the Celtics can't get that. The title hope is gone. The big four have there flaws,and sometimes as a unit they make up for it. It's very clear that this team has issues up front,and if KG is apart of that issue. Then the Celtics have an issue. I'm hoping KG finds his footing,but at age 35 sometimes it's just gone. It's only three games in,but the evidence is their KG has lost something.