Take a deep breath Boston. Kevin Garnett is not walking through those doors.
Coach Doc Rivers said yesterday morning that Garnett will miss at least the first round of the playoffs, possibly all of the post season. After weeks of speculation on the health of Garnett, Boston’s worst nightmares have come true. They will be without Garnett when they host the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.
Though the road to banner 18 may not look promising without KG, to quote Garnett “Anything is possible.” The Celtics haven’t played game one of the playoffs, yet people have already counted them out. Here are a few reasons why I think the Celtics still have a good shot at the title.
The Celtics have shown they can win without KG. The Celtics went 18-7 without their emotional leader. They secured the number two seed fighting off a charging Orlando Magic team. This team is used to not having the big man on the court.
Glen “Big Baby” Davis has stepped up and has proven he can start in this league. Davis has played with confidence and consistency down the stretch. No reason to believe he can’t carry the momentum into the postseason.
Leon Powe has returned to the line up. Powe has been a forgotten man with all of the focus on Garnett’s health. Powe gives the Celtics an inside scorer off the bench. When Powe has his game working, it opens up shots for the guards along the perimeter.
Rajon Rondo has emerged as one of the elite point guards in the game. Rondo has proven he can not only pass the ball and run the offense, but he can create offense for himself. Rondo averaged 12 points, 8 assists per game this season, an almost 3 assist improvement on last year. When Rondo is pushing the ball and taking it to the lane, the Celtics are tough to beat even without Garnett.
The ageless Ray Allen proved yet again this season he is one of the greatest shooters the game has ever seen. Allen will bring his Hall of Fame offense to the post season. On any given night, he can easily drop 30 points.
Stephon Marbury has started to show signs of his formal self. With KG out, the Celtics will be forced to go with a smaller lineup, giving Marbury more opportunities to score. Marbury came here with the hope of a ring. Now is his chance to go and get it.
Experience. Boston Celtics are the defending NBA champions. Time and time again this season they have shown the heart of a champion. They play with a sense of urgency every game. Experience can’t be measured by a statistic. This team knows what they have to do to win.
And when all else fails for the Celtics, they can clear out and give the ball to “The Truth.” Paul Pierce, the Captain, will have to pretend it’s the Celtics of old. He’ll have to take over team once again, something he is more than capable of doing. Pierce, the 2008 finals MVP, will have to give the same effort as he did last year.
Pierce will be ready. The Celtics will be ready.
Are you ready?
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