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KG and the minutes game

Posted by shawn cassidy on September 1, 2012 at 8:00 AM




Summer is a time for relaxation. Family reunions and heated grills. Savory aroma of foods galore. Outdoor activities providing thrills.I hope KG participated in some fun summer activities. I hope he rested his body. With KG entering his 100th season in the NBA. His minutes must drop even lower. He comes in around 32 minutes per game, and that's been the average since 2008 for the most part.



With KG being 36, and with the Celtics needing him more so in the playoffs. I can see the Celtics resting him through stretches in the season. The real goal should be blowing teams out, and resting the big guns. KG is our antique that we keep in the shop window. We need to present him to the world. He's still a valuable player to this club. He's the heart, as Rondo's the brain, and Pierce is the soul. This is what ESPN Boston says about KG's minutes this season.



Minutes per game: 30.5

* Forsberg: Over. I think Garnett's minutes will come down a bit (averaging 31.2 minutes per game over the past two seasons), but it'll probably be right around our projected benchmark. The Celtics just don't have enough pure size to drastically reduce KG's workload, unless the new offensive additions allow Rivers to lean heavy on defensive-minded Jason Collins or rookie Fab Melo develops quickly. Even at age 36, Garnett can handle his typical workload if those minutes are managed right (though a few more lopsided wins to rest the veteran legs of Garnett and Paul Pierce wouldn't be a bad thing for Boston during the 2012-13 campaign).


* Payne: Under. Expect to see the 5-5-5 plan in place again this season. Doc Rivers won't hit that exact mark every game though, and if the C's win as often as they should, Garnett should see plenty of fourth-quarter rest throughout the year.



The big hope comes from Sullinger, and maybe even Melo. If we can get one of those guys playing well. Than it's cake on your birthday. Even if we can't get what we want. We still need to rest KG. Even if it means Green at power forward for certain times. I think the idea is simple. Doc give KG rest.



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Reply paul
8:51 AM on September 1, 2012 
I think the key is Wilcox. Wilcox is the X factor this season. If he doesn't come up strong, then we are scrambling to fill minutes at Center. Sullinger has real center potential, but he's a rookie. Melo certainly has a long way to go. Collins is a good third string guy.

Assuming Wilcox plays well, I think Forsburg is full of crap. KG will be playing less, and when he does play, less will be on his shoulders. Doc MUST be fluid with the lineup. If he goes back to his tried and trued pound the vets formula, it will be a screaming disaster. This is a deep team, built to come at the opposition in waves. If we take the hard and fast First Unit, Second Unit approach, it will be such a waste.

I do agree that it's a key that we go at teams like we mean to dominate them and the season. We cannot approach the game the way we have been doing in recent years, and I don't think we will. Most teams we should have well and truly beaten long before the fourth period. Do that enough and pretty soon you have most teams fairly well beaten before you step on thecourt.
Reply Franklin
11:13 AM on September 1, 2012 
The Celtics need to beat the crap out of below 500 teams. They can't lose the games anymore.
Reply paul
11:24 AM on September 1, 2012 
Franklin says...
The Celtics need to beat the crap out of below 500 teams. They can't lose the games anymore.


Those games should really be over by halftime.
Reply Frankilin
1:37 PM on September 1, 2012 
paul says...
Those games should really be over by halftime.


Yeah, that's true. The Celtics need to fix losing big leads as well.
Reply paul
2:22 PM on September 1, 2012 
Frankilin says...
Yeah, that's true. The Celtics need to fix losing big leads as well.


There are so many reasons this is important. It's party that the best way to rest your best players, and get more experience for the second and third tier players, is to (basically) end games early, if you can. Also, one is more likely to win games that one doesn't allow to turn into fourth quarter slugfests, and the more one wins, the better one's chances at homecourt advantage in the playoffs...

And then there's the value of domination itself. it's so important to consistently encourage other teams to feel like they cannot beat you.

I don't like the phrase "killer instinct", because it is so violent, and sports fundamentally is about cooperation, not violence. But what that phrase is used to refer to is what I think we are talking about.
Reply Celticslifer
3:20 PM on September 1, 2012 
paul says...
There are so many reasons this is important. It's party that the best way to rest your best players, and get more experience for the second and third tier players, is to (basically) end games early, if you can. Also, one is more likely to win games that one doesn't allow to turn into fourth quarter slugfests, and the more one wins, the better one's chances at homecourt advantage in the playoffs...

And then there's the value of domination itself. it's so important to consistently encourage other teams to feel like they cannot beat you.

I don't like the phrase "killer instinct", because it is so violent, and sports fundamentally is about cooperation, not violence. But what that phrase is used to refer to is what I think we are talking about.

I hate all the war,or violent cliches that come with sports. Its a game folks.
Reply paul
4:08 PM on September 1, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
I hate all the war,or violent cliches that come with sports. Its a game folks.


It's something that people share. Russell never lost sight of that.