Kevin Garnett is on schedule to return to the Celtics on Friday when they face host the Portland Trailblazers according to boston.com. For details click the following link KG on the court, on schedule for Friday.
The Celtics have been lost without KG. Their defense has been abysmal, allowing almost 10 more points a game without KG in the lineup. Last night's game is a great example of the lack of intensity on the defensive end. The Celts gave Dirk Nowitzki way too many open looks. Nowitzki is one of the best shooters in the game and there were times last night where he had 5 feet of clear space. Rasheed had the primary responsibility in defending Dirk and he did okay, didn't exactly shut Dirk down though. Glen Davis and Brian Scalabrine also had the pleasure of guarding Dirk, tough match up for both Davis and Scalabrine, but there were moments Nowitzki didn't even have a hand in his face. It takes a whole team to defend against a great player like Nowitzki and the team didn't get the job done. The result: Nowitzki drops 37 points and the Celtics blew a 9 pt half time lead and lose the game 99-90.
Celtics have lost 3 straight at home. Since KG has been out of the lineup, the Celtics have lost 5 out of their last 9 and lost their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference. With Paul Pierce and KG out, the Celtics have lost 7 out of 11. Boston needs number 5 back in a big way.
But Kevin Garnett is a difference maker. He won't allow his team to lose focus on defense. He won't allow guys to take a play off. When he's on the court, team mates want to play hard too because Garnett is out there grinding on every play. The Celtics need a serious kick in the you know what and Garnett will be the guy to do it. KG's return is perfect timing too. The All Star break is right around the corner. Maybe the Celtics can get back on track before the break, regain the top seed, get some rest during all star weekend and then come back with a vengeance.
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