Kevin Garnett Could Return For the Boston Celtics Friday Against Portland
Oh, and Kevin Garnett practiced. Where were you when you heard Kevin Garnett practiced with the team on Tuesday? It is not as though this is new ground for Celtics fans; they were here last year with Garnett. It seems like they have been here all season — if it wasn’t KG it was Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Rasheed Wallace, Glen Davis or Tony Allen.
Due to the team's recent play, however, this return to practice is elevated. The Celtics are 4-5 in their last nine games without Garnett, they have lost three in a row at home, and they just look flat.
The Celtics played well against the Dallas Mavericks in a 90-99 loss on Monday. They almost matched Dallas’ rebound total, won the turnover battle and shot a respectable 50 percent from the field.
The Celtics, however, only went to the line 16 times and didn’t even take advantage of their time there, hitting only eight shots. They also went 4-13 from three-point range.
Leaving the referees out of this, the lack of time at the stripe is either perfectly timed defense by Dallas or a lack of aggression by the Celtics. At some points, especially in the 4th, the Celtics played around the perimeter, rarely posting up with Wallace or Kendrick Perkins.
This lack of aggression underneath and dependence on three-pointers is why the Celtics need KG back. Due back at home against the Blazers on Friday, Garnett is likely to wake up the home crowd and will hopefully kick the Celtics into another gear.
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