|Posted by shawn cassidy on March 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
Kevin Garnett labored around the offensive end with a 5-for-19 shooting performance that saw him miss a handful of looks both in the paint, and from 15-17 feet out. Jumpers that he normally makes at a higher rate. What discouraged me the most about KG was the shot selection. Maybe his defensive anchoring tired him a bit. He had a solid 11 rebounds, and he helped limit the Thunder all Sunday afternoon.
"Those weren't great shots tonight," Rivers said of the looks Garnett was getting. "So, I want him to be aggressive, but we want to get him better shots than he had tonight. He did miss some open shots and those were the elbow shots, but I think we -- I -- have to do a better job of getting him better shots. I love him having 20 shots, but I'd like to have him 20 good shots. I thought he had 10 good shots and then 10 very tough shots."
I agree with that Doc. I can't recall a game when KG forced so many bad shots. He wanted to carry this team to a win, but he wasn't getting anthing Sunday.
"I thought it was awful. Really," Rivers told reporters in Oklahoma City. "I thought we missed some open shots, which I always love those, but I thought we got stuck a lot on one side of the floor. We saw matchups that we had advantages on. And give them credit, they would fight it and if it's not there, at some point you've got to get the ball to the other side and we just refused to do that. It was almost like, 'I'm going to make sure we get the ball to that guy.' And give them credit, sometimes they take you out of it. You've got to move the ball."
Boston held Durant to 23 points on 6-of-16 shooting (he connected on all 11 of his free throw attempts) and Westbrook to 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting, largely due to the respective efforts of Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley. Rivers was thrilled, overall, with the Celtics' effort on the Thunder's Big Two.
"Well (Durant's) going to shoot. He gets the ball every time," Rivers said. "It's one of the things I told our guys. I said, 'We're going to do a great job.' Our goal was to hold them under 100. I said, 'At the end of the day, Durant and Westbrook, they're probably going to have a lot of points because they get to shoot the ball every time down the floor.' But, it's to make it so it's not efficient shooting -- hard shooting, rough shooting. And I thought we did a pretty good job staying in his air space and making him earn them. You know, he got a lot from the foul fine."
Doc wanted more attacking on the offensive end, espcially on the two stars to get them into foul trouble.
"The reason I thought we beat them in (Boston) was our defense was great, but we attacked those two guys on the other end," Rivers said. "And tonight, I just thought we tried to do that, but we didn't do a very good job of it."
Like I said last night. The Celtics did a solid job in my eyes, and they hung with the Thunder, and that's all you can ask for.
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