As we all well know, Kevin Garnett started the season out on a fairly slow pace. Even with that being said, as a fan you wanted him out on the court because KG going halfway is just as good as Shelden Williams going 100%. Since his game winner against the New York Knicks, Garnett has been deadly with his jump shot. He want on an absolute tear for about 2 weeks in a row where it seemed as if he never missed a shot. Well it may have seemed like that since for about a week he shot 81.4%, plus 3 games later went 10-11 from the floor.
Since that time, KG has found himself lying in the background. Less attention has been placed on him with the dominance of Rajon Rondo, and the emergence of Ray Allens shot. Quietly, very quietly, The Big Ticket has gone 65% shooting in the last 3 games. That is nothing to look past by any means. With that shooting percentage, he has only averaged 14 ppg. Now why is that? What has changed?
Distribution of scoring. Look at any box score and top to bottom you can see how spread out the scoring is. As you have probably been able to tell with my posts, I like statistics- so I’ll throw a few more out. In our last game agaisnt Memphis, the Celtics had 6 players with double digit scoring. The highest of these scoreres was Paul Pierce with 19 points, and the lowest was Rasheed Wallace with 15. That is a spread of only 4 points, which shows the team had 6 consistent players that night. In other words, the opponents can’t simply guard 1 guy. Even Eddie House, as of late has been getting the ball to go down.
This is why KG has slipped into the background. Add up the fact that Rondo is going bonkers, with the fact that everyone on the team is getting involved, and slowly the Big 3 no longer have to be keyed on. What I mean by all of this is not a bad thing, but a very good thing. When the C’s have Kevin Garnett, who can knock down a jumper at anytime you want him to, not being keyed on one single bit, you are in pretty good shape. We said it to begin the season that once this team got everything figured out they would be something else. I think having KG in the mix with the 4 other players on the court, regardless to if Ray and Pierce are out there, is much much better than having him known as the Celtics #1 or #2 option. If 14 points is all we need from him, and he does it on a high percentage of shooting, who is complaining? That simply means if the green need more out of him, he is ready to provide. Until that time, it is good that Garnett can hide between the other great talent the team has.
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