|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.