|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 5, 2013 at 5:30 AM|
Rest was never on the mind of Kevin Garnett a student, and lover of the game. He wanted to go, and go some more. It was already hard for KG to be restricted on a minutes diet. But it's been a must since year one. Doc has been a master at KG's minutes per game. This year he may have perfected it. KG seems to be in the game at the right time. As the saying goes. In the right time, and right place. Doc has put KG on the floor at the best times. The Celtics in years past have fallen in the 4th. This season it seems like Doc uses KG for the entire 4th. He earns him rest through three quarters, and he's on the floor when the Celtics need him most. KG is currently ranked 3rd in the NBA with clutch points in the final four minutes of the game, and heading into overtime. But more important then anything is KG understanding that rest is key.
"He has given us more [rest days]. We've given him some rest, we've done practices off more than we ever have for him," Rivers said. "In the past, you couldn't even broach that subject with him. And this year, he wants the days off, so I think he's gotten smarter in that regard. And that, to me, is probably the reason he's been able to play in more games. I think the days off have really helped."
KG understands his body, and he gets that it's on his shoulders if the Celtics have any chance at an 18th banner. We never know if it's KG's last crack at a title. We don't know what will happen form this year to the next.
On Monday, Garnett called Avery Bradley the "anchor" of Boston's defense, with the young guard's relentless ball pressure a big reason that Boston -- once stuck as the 23rd-ranked team in defensive rating -- has surged all the way to fifth (99.5) entering Monday's action.
KG has been pro teammate for his entire career. With Rondo out. Bradley seems like one of the guys they are latching onto for leadership. The anchor role has been handed over to AB. But he needs to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. I think the refs don't know how to call him, but I also believe he should stud the refs. Be proactive about it. But lets go back to Kevin.
Are we not lucky to see KG retire in a Celtics uniform regardless of the outcome of his final seasons in green. We owe him so much. He was the reason for banner 17, and he started the rebirth of Celtic pride.