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For the three veterans, it comes down to this

Posted by shawn cassidy on May 3, 2013 at 5:20 AM

Danny Ainge had some odd comments about Paul Pierce's future. Jackie McMullan has told the world that KG's playing his last games, and as for Terry he's just helping the two long time Celtic veterans along this historic journey.


"What's important to understand, yeah, it's going to be hard for fans and everybody else, but as far as what's doing what's best for the Celtics, it's probably going to be very hard, too," Ainge told CSNNE.com. "It's not a no-brainer. It's not like you get a 21-year-old All-Star player, or you get the number one pick in the draft [if you let Pierce go]. Those decisions would not be hard, but I have a feeling the decision is going to be very hard, yeah."

Danny has come close many times in the past two seasons on trading the Celtics second all-time leading scorer. Thankfully Danny has pulled back from sending Pierce out of Boston. Paul Pierce has visibly looked older,and slower in this series, with spurts of greatness. As for KG, he doesn't look his age(looks younger),and KG is supposedly dealing with many injuries,and one that the Celtics are hiding according to Jackie McMullan. 

ESPN Boston

Try these numbers on for size: Not only does the Celtics big man lead the playoffs in rebounding (14.4 per game, nearly three better than closest competitor Reggie Evans), but Garnett is hauling in a staggering 40.3 percent of all available defensive rebounds when he's on the floor (also tops amongst qualifiers).

To put that in perspective, Evans -- the league's resident rebound magnet -- topped the NBA this season with a regular-season defensive rebound rate of 39 percent, and Houston's Omer Asik was the only other qualifier above 30 percent. Garnett grabbed 25.9 percent of all available defensive caroms, which put him in the league's top 20.

But in the past three games, Garnett has been utterly relentless on the glass and his totals are staggering: 17, 17, 18 in Games 3-5. Maybe not surprisingly, a Celtics team crippled by the second-chance points they've allowed the New York Knicks this season has won the past two games and roared back into this Eastern Conference first-round series.

With KG playing younger then his age. I just don't see him not coming back next season. Especially for one more legit shot with Rondo running the show. Plus with a guy like Green becoming more confident in his ability. If this is it. KG has given every last ounce of what he has left in the tank. Win or lose this series he should be more then happy with his performance. I think the Celtics can win this series, and that should be the goal at this point. I don't see the Celtics looking ahead to the next series, or vacation time. They're taking one game at a time.

Pierce,and KG have a special relationship that has spanned two plus decades. In my mind I hope they retire together.

ESPN Boston

"That's what Kevin does," said captain Paul Pierce. "He's a legend in this game. He's one of the greatest players to ever play the game. And you're seeing when the great ones get challenged, what they're able to do. That's what you're seeing in Kevin Garnett."

For his part, Garnett has been hilariously evasive on his rebounding prowess. Asked the secret of his rebounding spike after Wednesday's game, he offered, "I have no idea."

At the team's morning shootaround earlier in the day, he offered only slightly more, not willing to reveal his secrets.

"I don't know," said Garnett. "I haven't really thought about it, to be honest. A lot of rebounding is timing. Tyson and I, Kenyon and I, we're down there battling for the ball. Some of them are coming off of me or whatever. It's not one or two things that goes into it, nor would I like to share. But the things I have been doing are working for me and I'm going to stick with it."

Does Garnett enjoy battling down low?

"You don't have a choice, whether you like it or not," he said. "It's whether you adapt to it or not. And if you don't adapt, obviously you know what end you catch, or what end you end up on. And I don't want to be on that end."

KG has surprised me with this rebounding run he's on. Even the amount of minutes he's putting in. When I think about how much time he's logging in this series. That's the only thing that makes me wonder if this is the end. In most playoff series in the past KG still plays well under 34 minutes. He's logging 34 minutes in this series, but it feels like more. That 34 minutes is off because KG only played 24 minutes in game 2. Otherwise KG has a 39 minute game under his belt,and two 37 minute games under his belt. In game three he logged 34 minutes.

The Celtics have three veterans on the edge of retirement,or on the edge of history. It's their choice to decide which way they want to go.

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Reply paul
8:02 AM on May 3, 2013 
I think KG will come back if Rondo can persuade him that Rondo is going to be the real deal next year, assuming recovery goes well, and not the fake Rondo we saw this year.

Reply Greg
11:41 AM on May 3, 2013 
I belive he comes back as well. He is playing every game like its his last. And I know he's in a lot of pain,but he can be a nice player again next season..
Reply C'slife
3:43 PM on May 3, 2013 
Two more damn wins and KG and crew break the hearts of others once again. Such a big opportunity for the most storied franchise.