It’s time for everybody to stop making “KG turned back the clock last night” references over and over again. And we don’t need to hear anymore of those “Garnett gave us a a vintage 2004 performance” comments every other day. It’s just dumb. Kevin Garnett is very very good. Right now. Over the last four games he’s averaging 25 points and 12.5 rebounds (and those numbers could easily be higher, his 27 and 13 last night came in only thirty minutes of action). For the entire post season he’s averaging 21 and 11, which ranks him as the 6th best scorer and 2nd best rebounder still playing. With him on the floor the Celtics are +121 in the playoffs. With Garnett on the bench they are -71. One could make a good case that he has been the MVP of the post season so far.
Oh, and you know who else is still really good? Paul Pierce. Last night Pierce scored 24 points (including two monster dunks) and grabbed 12 rebounds, while allegedly nursing a bad knee. Combined with Rajon Rondo’s 23 points and 14 assists, the three of them became the first trio of teammates to post 20-10 double doubles in a playoff game in four years. Ray Allen only attempted one field goal (matching his career low), but it hardly mattered. Boston used a 50-21 run over an 18 minute span in the 2nd/3rd quarters to run the Sixers right out of their own building.
As I’ve said before, old guys win in the playoffs. The Celtics keep coming up big in the games that they need to. It’s almost as if they hoped they could get by Philly without their best effort, but the home loss on Monday forced them to bring their “A” game last night. And their “A” game is still very very good.
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