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Since coming to Boston Kevin Garnett has been a model Celtic. He hates losing more than he loves winning, his emotional charge could inspire anyone to run through a brick wall, his defensive tenacity has been the newfound backbone of the franchise, and his skill level, even at 35, is a sight to be seen at the power forward position.

Before coming to Boston KG was still an absolutely dominant force. He didn't just dominate defensively... he dominated offensively, with his passing, with his shooting, with his rebounding AND with his defense. In 2006 Kevin played his final season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, that year he had 66 double doubles and 3 triple doubles. Despite being 30 years old Kevin Garnett was still arguably the best power forward in The NBA.

That next season would be a special one for Kevin and The Celtics. After being traded to Boston for Al Jefferson and a huge box of basketballs, KG quickly set aside all his individual aspirations in order to built a perfect team. No one was worried about their shots and no one was checking stat sheets. The Celtics understood that the only way for this to work was for it to be a collective effort, a full team offense based on passing... and it was.



Despite all the success and domination showed in their first season together, The Big 3 have failed when it comes to carving out their own space in Celtics history. Let's face it, winning one Championship isn't enough. This isn't Dallas or Milwaukee. One Championship every couple of decades isn't good enough. In order for THIS Celtics unit to live up to it's own expectations they must win another title.

Looking back on the differences between the '08 Celtics and the squads since then, there's one common theme: When Kevin Garnett is at his best, the Celtics succeed. The problem is that Kevin Garnett has become too passive to truly play at his best. Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are two of the greatest players to ever play, they're first ballot hall of famers, but they aren't at the same level as KG. When Garnett is on he's on like few players ever seen. He's Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant... he's in that class. In 2008 he played like that, since then he's cared too much about getting others involved. If Boston is to win again, he has to play at legendary status.

When Boston was beat by LA in the Finals in 2010, Kevin Garnett averaged 6 rebounds per game over the series. There were only 2 games out of 7 where he took 15+ shots. Back in 2008 against LA Kevin Garnett averaged 13 rebounds a game, and there were only 2 games where he DIDN'T take 15+ shots. That is absolutely inexcusable. I don't care if Boston is claiming to have a "Big 9", they cannot win an NBA Championship without KG being great.

Since acquiring Kevin Garnett, whether it's in the Regular Season or Playoffs, The Boston Celtics are 40-6 when KG posts 20 Points and 10 Rebounds. Simly put; If Kevin Garnett is Kevin Garnett, The Celtics win 86% of the time.

Jesse Dampolo 10/24/2011 10:00:00 AM Edit
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17 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    He will improve his stats again next season. His work ethic is unmatched. In terms of defensive capability, he is the best PF now.He will be productive and of cos i agree if he takes more shots next season Celtics will be a better team. But of cos he should go to the low post more often.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm a Celts fan since the 60's. The KG of 2008 was unbelievable - in many ways unstoppable. Since his knee injury KG's a very different player statistically and he just is not the force he once was. We saw it play out in last year's postseason. If Miami proved anything it's that you cannot turn back the clock. Yes, his knee has improved but he cannot and will not drive to the front of the rim like before - and cannot elevate on D. The agressiveness is gone - even though he still has the will. The Celts just could not compete once Rondo went down and will not until they get younger and tougher.

  3. tb727 says:

    I couldn't agree much more with the last anonymous' comment, regarding KG.

    2010 was the year for the Celtics to get it done. It's still the most heartbreaking loss I've ever witnessed. Of course if the Buffoon never gift-wrapped Gasol to the Flakers for nothing, perhaps Boston could've topped whoever came out of the West.

  4. gosiaa says:

    I dont think my love for KG can be measured, seriously.. I NEED THE STUPID F*CKIN LOCKOUT TO END!! Miss my boys so much ughhh

  5. jerry9 says:

    no matter what happend in the next seasons, KG is a celtic legend

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Big 3 have failed when it comes to carving out their own space in Celtics history? I disagree strongly. In 2008, the Celtics made history by completing the largest single-season turnaround in NBA history, and winning a title against the Lakers. No team has done that yet. Celtics Big 3 have been fun to watch, they bring the best of their opponents. After the 2008 season, injuries have plagued the Celtics from 2009-2010. Starting with KG, Perkins, Powe, Shaq, Jermaine, Rondo, West, Erden, Davis; believe it or not these guys are key pieces.

    Personally I can't say the C's Big 3 this era has been a failure, because that would be unfair. They've deal with a lot of bad injuries 2009-2011, which prevented them from winning in 2010 and 2011.

    As far as KG, he's a special, but rare player. He's one of those players that get's u far to a finals. Just like Dirk, Duncan, Bryant, Kidd, Pierce, Allen, Wade and Nash; put some talent around them and they'll get the job done. KG teamed up with superstar talents in PP and RA, the rest is history, banner 17.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Kevin Garnett is among a group of aging veterans including Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Steve Nash’s former teammate Dirk Nowitzki who seem to be maintaining their elite status longer than previous generations’ elite stars.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Talk about the Buffoon who gift wrapped Gasol to the Lakers...? How about the back door action between McHale and Ainge to Fed Ex Gay G to Cockson huh? Don't be so damned myopic you backward hillbilly of the Northeast! The Lakers beat you guys down in game 7! That's all there is to it! You guys had a great run, but couldn't sustain the intensity for all 48 minutes. The Lakers and their fans never gave up and that's what home court advantage was all about! And your point guard can't hit the side of the barn when it comes to shooting! Blame your team and their ineptness, not the personnel that the Lakers have or how they got them. Otherwise, you had better admit that the whole Gay G thing was a sham as well! Stupid ass Celd!ck fan! Hate Cocston!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Talk about the Buffoon who gift wrapped Gasol to the Lakers...? How about the back door action between McHale and Ainge to Fed Ex Gay G to Cockson huh? Don't be so damned myopic you backward hillbilly of the Northeast! The Lakers beat you guys down in game 7! That's all there is to it! You guys had a great run, but couldn't sustain the intensity for all 48 minutes. The Lakers and their fans never gave up and that's what home court advantage was all about! And your point guard can't hit the side of the barn when it comes to shooting! Blame your team and their ineptness, not the personnel that the Lakers have or how they got them. Otherwise, you had better admit that the whole Gay G thing was a sham as well! Stupid ass Celd!ck fan! Hate Cocston!

  10. Anonymous says:

    nice grammar douchebag

  11. Renaldo's Walkman says:

    Hey dipshit, the Celtics gave up Al Jefferson at the time, a young player with 20-10 aspirations, who actually continued to put up big numbers. Who did LAL give up to get Gasshole? Kwame Brown, Crittenton, Marc Gasol who nobody wanted and late useless draft picks. If Minnesota handled their trade with Boston the way the Grizzlies handled theirs with Lal, Jefferson would still be wearing green and white.

  12. You Anonymous guys know that you don't have to sign up to comment... at least make up a fake name so people don't think it's just one guy talking to himself.

    Comment as: "Name/URL"

    Then you can type in whatever for your name...

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well said Renaldo...!

  14. Anonymous says:

    All i know is Kevin Garnett ain't getting any younger and this lockout shit needs to end so that he's not 40 when he can suit back up for the C's. I will probably fist fight david stern if KG has to retire before this lockout ends.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hey Ball Washer, look at where Mar Gasol is now versus Al Jefferson? Everybody knew Kwame Brown had bad hands, but he was still a legit threat down low. Look what he did against the Suns playing against Amar'e in the 2006 playoffs. The Lakers could've won that series with his big play until the news broke about him "sexually assaulting" some woman.

    Kwame was no mental giant to say the least, but when his head was straight, he was close to the numbers like Jefferson and also a lot more physical. Marc Gasol is the backbone of the Grizzlies force (not offensive threat... that's Z Bo).

    And at the time, the Lakers were offering up Bynum, not Kwame and Gasol for Garnett. So, don't try to make it sound like you guys gave up the farm and that the Lakers got a free ride!

    In any case, your window is shut! There's no more ships coming with your AGED 3! None!

  16. tb727 says:

    Did I just read where you said "Kwame Brown" and "a legit threat down low" in the same sentence? Wow. Just wow.

    Btw, Renaldo is spot-on in his assessment. Marc Gasol turned out to be a good player, but he was an unproven second round pick. He still isn't nearly as good as his brother.

  17. Anonymous says:

    WE ALL can attest to how bad kwame turned out to be, but unfortunately, at that time, he was "a legit threat down low". Just go back and watch that series against Phoenix. Up until that sexual assault charge, he was having his way against Amar'e.

    And like I said, the Lakers were offering up Bynum for Garnett. That was pre-injury days too. The trade was for Bynum, Lamar Odom, and a first rounder. So, yeah, I would say that you guys made out like a bandit for only giving up Al Jefferson for Gay G!

    The Lakers would have given up their entire front court and future for him. Obviously, the Lakers and the Celd!cs both had help in order to add their "stolen" pieces onto their roster. But to say that only the Lakers made out, that's simply wrong. Especially in light of the offer that the Lakers had in place for Minnesota vs the trade that the Celd!cs put together.

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