|Posted by shawn cassidy on January 23, 2013 at 6:20 AM|
It feels like the Celtics are drawing names out of a hat when it comes to the blame game. KG is the latest Celtic to shoulder the blame. It's hard to blame KG for anything. He works hard every game, and his effort seems to be there. KG is like any player, and he believes he made some crucial mistakes against Cleveland.
This season hasn't panned out the way most have thought it would, Garnett has challenged both himself and his crew to look in the mirror, and to fix this season.
KG has no idea what the solution is, and just like him I have no idea as well.It's Doc's job isn't it? I have ideas of what's wrong, but KG has this to offer.
"I don't know man; I don't know man. I want it so bad," Garnett said. "I have to find a balance. Some of the things I messed up on tonight, that's not me.
Garnett added, "I have to be better. I have to do better. I have to be more effective for 48 minutes, regardless."
He finished with 16 points on 5-for-13 shooting, along with five rebounds, three assists, a steal and a season-high five blocked shots.
It was a game in which Garnett delivered yet another good, but not great performance.
And as he sat inside the Celtics locker room, pulling his hoodie back for a minute or so, it was clear that the frustration of what has been a season of struggles, was getting to him.
Not because of the losing; but because up to this point, there was very little that he could do to prevent it from happening.
And there lies the challenge, within the challenge. Garnett has to figure out what he can do to help the C's be more successful, but not allow that search-and-discovery mission take him down a path in which he makes more miscues for trying too hard to make everything better.
"You can find yourself wanting this a lot to the point where you mess up and make mistakes," Garnett said. "It's a human game. You gonna make mistakes. I just have to be better, period. No excuses. No (bleep). I have to be better, period."
I can see that with KG wanting it so much you mess up, but as an entire team. I don't see that holding up. Pierce said that the team doesn't have championship experience, and playoff experience. I disagree with him. They have a coach who's coached a championship team, and they have three core players who carried a team to a title. Bass has experience, and Green does as well, Lee has been to a finals, and Terry has won a title as well. I just don't buy that excuse.
"A lot of guys on this team never won, been deep in the playoffs," Pierce said. "Don't understand the building process it takes. That's me, Rajon and Kevin's job to help them understand."
The 2008 team had less experience. They had a second year point guard running the team. Powe(2nd year), and Baby(rookie) the back-up big men off the bench. Perkins was a young veteran. Yes the team picked up Cassell, and Brown in the middle of the season. I'm not comparing teams, I'm just pointing out that Paul is a bit skewed on his theory.
Back to KG now. Kevin had five blocks, and he was active on defense despite how he feels. Yes he had moments of bad basketball, but every player does. I wanted more rebounding by KG, but the team won the glass 48-39 behind Rondo's 13, and Sully's 10. The Celtics haven't found rock bottom like we thought, and what if they have found rock bottom, but they can't get up like we thought they would.