As we mentioned earlier, today marks the 7th anniversary of the day the Celtics traded for Kevin Garnett and immediately went from worst to first. Now, we’ll take that a little further and look at the Big Ticket’s five most iconic moments as member of the Boston Celtics.
2008 NBA Finals Game 6
You knew Garnett wasn’t going to let his first chance to play in the Finals pass him by. He led a dominant third quarter run (where the Celtics outscored the Lakers 31-22 to put themselves in the lead for good), This game is also known for Paul Pierce’s epic return, but Garnett was the best player on the floor.
Garnett played 41 minutes, scoring 24 points and chipping in 13 rebounds. He hit multiple huge mid-range jumpers and also was a cool 6-6 at the FT line. Here are some KG highlights from the game.
Push-ups in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals
So the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals didn’t end well for the Celtics, but they battled back from an 0-2 deficit with an epic win game 3. After taking a foul from Udonis Haslem, Garnett laid on the ground for a second before getting up and doing some push-ups. He also scored 24 points and had 11 boards during the game.
The Bill Russell Interview
Stuart Scott beautifully narrated a conversation between two Celtics legends. Garnett is rarely humbled, but he certainly was here.
Game 6, 1st round, 2012
In a clincher against the Atlanta Hawks, Garnett hit ‘em for 28 points and 14 boards while chopping in 5 blocks in 3 steals in what was one of his most dominant all-around games as a Celtic. The game was a defensive battle. Ray Allen was just 1-7 from deep. They needed everything out of Garnett.
C’mon, what else? There is perhaps not a more famous post-Finals interview in NBA history. You could see, hear, and feel years of disappointment culminating in what is surely the happiest moment of Garnett’s storied career.