Boston Celtics take Garnett’s Big Ticket to the TopSaturday, March 31st, 2012
Look who’s back on top.
For the first time this 2012 NBA basketball season, the Boston Celtics found themselves in strange and foreign territory after their 100-79 victory against the Timberwolves last night. Yes people, they are alone in first place in the Atlantic Division.
They reached that destination largely because Kevin Garnett was in a very familiar place. The talk coming in was about the Wolves’ new Kevin, but KG showed Love no love, going after his replacement in the local pantheon on both ends of the floor. Garnett made 12-of-18 shots on the way to 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Love hit just 5-of-18 for 22 points to go with 11 boards.
”I think it’s always personal,” Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. ”He won’t tell you that either way, but I think everyone’s up when they come back. Kevin is the best player to ever play here. Kevin Love has a chance to be that, as well, or one of them.”
Garnett did speak about it afterward, but even louder was his fourth quarter, in which he made 5-of-6 shots from the floor for 10 points while Love was sputtering to three. ”It was just a situation where I know Kevin doesn’t really play a lot of defense,” said Garnett, adding a slight laugh. ”But he does get a lot of rebounds, and he shoots a lot of 3′s. But I felt like I had the advantage and I took it. It wasn’t nothing more than that.”
”(Rajon) Rondo called my number, and I know this building…”