Kevin Garnett shares his postseason outlook
By Paul M. Banks is Founder/President of The Sports Bank.net
As the 2010 NBA playoffs begin, the Boston Celtics are the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference, not exactly where they wanted to be. The 2008 NBA Champions bowed out in the second round of the ’09 postseason, and battled a multitude of injuries and chemistry issues this regular season.
“We made our bed now we got to lay in it, and make the best of it, our goals were a lot higher than this, but we’ll take it,” said star forward Kevin Garnett, who I’m pretty sure is the first and only person I’ve interviewed whose been referenced in an Andy Samberg SNL video. (“I’m on a boat” lyrics include “and like Kevin Garnett, anything is possible!”)
On Tuesday night, the poor Celtics (ok, I’m being facetious, no one ever actually pities the most storied franchise in basketball history) lost their first game in KG’s hometown since The Big Ticket joined the Celtics. Boston is 8-1 in Chicago whenever Garnett suits up for them, 0-2 when he sits out. The Celtics (Please don’t call them “the C’s.” That’s almost as annoying as idiots who refer to pizza as “za.” You can take an extra nanosecond to speak another syllable, your time is not that important- seriously) have spent a lot of the season mixing and matching lineups, and/or playing games where they had to limit the minutes of their stars and main contributors.
When they have had everybody up and running at the same time, Boston still hasn’t been able to generate a cohesive flow.
“Everyone’s trying to find some momentum, rhythm, whatever you want to call it,” KG continued. “We’re no different. I’m just ready for it. I think everyone’s been anticipating this. The playoffs are a whole ‘nother season. I’m up for it,” Garnett stated.
Paul M. Banks is Founder/President of The Sports Bank.net, an Upper Midwest sports webzine. He’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, the United States Basketball Writers Association and a sports writer for the Washington Times.com Communities and Walter Football.com