I'm not that upset about last night's loss because first off it was a road loss to a very good home team. Secondly, we had the game won and are clearly the better team. I really hope we play them in the playoffs because we will win in 5. Thirdly, it's Garnett's third game back from injury and you can't expect him to be anywhere close to full speed for another month or so. Lastly, it's freaking January. No one should get that upset about losses before April. Basketball is a game of runs and blowing a 14 point lead is really not that out of the ordinary.   I don't know how some people survive seasons with the way they take losses.

The bigger concern here is Garnett and his health. I thought he looked worse last night than the previous 2 games and I'm not sure why.  Did we bring him back too soon? I really don't know and it will be interesting to see how he plays tonight against an athletic Hawks team.  The one thing I do know is Garnett should under no circumstances play in the All Star game. 

The NBA All Star game is a joke first and foremost.  Allen Iverson starting in the All Star game over Rondo is basically all that needs to be said on that topic. No one cares about the game and only bad things can happen.  Garnett should take the time and rest his knee. Don't even go to Dallas. He's been to about 30 of these All Star games and doesn't need to be playing this one. 

Garnett doesn't have to be great for us to win a title, but he does have to be good. Right now he is average at best.  It's a sad sight watching people leap over him for rebounds and watching him miss dunks that he normally would throw down with ease.  Rasheed has played pretty well of late, and is honestly probably the better option at this point. Take the All Star break and rest KG, so we can have a chance at the title.

Karl Dillinger 1/29/2010 11:01:00 AM Edit
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  1. JR says:

    Yeah losing to the Magic in January is not the end of the world. On the other hand our wins haven't exactly been stellar. We barely beat a Blazers team without Roy, Oden, Blake, Bayless, etc. and barely beat the Clips at home. Doc has commented he likes our record, but not our play. I personally never cared about 72 wins (ridiculous prediction) or home court advantage, but I'm starting to doubt whether come April we can simply flip a switch and magically become an elite team. I think we need to make a trade and add some athletic youth to go with Rondo and Perk.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if he has a contractual agreement to play in the game. I suppose it is a great honor to be on the team so you almost have to play!

  3. Matt says:

    If he has a legitimate injury I don't think he has to play. He would still have to be there.

  4. tb727 says:

    My prediction of 70 wins was ridiculous? I actually gave that a lot of thought and felt the Celtics had the talent and would have the hunger. I was dead wrong.

    I agree Karl, I really hope he sits out.

    As for the comment on contractual agreement to play in the game: the only incentives for players is if they're selected to the game, not whether they actually play.

  5. Bohemian says:

    As I said on another post, playing 10 min in an All Star is much lighter than a practice at Waltham. If he continues scrimmages, I think he risks no more being 5 min per half in Dallas. You play 0 defense in that game and he basically just needs to be on the floor and run a little bit. So unless he is really hurt i see no reason to not play that game

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