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NBA Playoffs, Celtics Cavaliers Game 6: Kevin Garnett can still beat you

May 14, 2010, 3:26 AM EDT

Garnett_dunk.jpgAt the trading deadline, Cavailers General Manager Danny Ferry was thinking about the Magic. As John Krolik explained long before tip off, Antwan Jamison was brought in to counter Rashard Lewis.

Nobody thought about Kevin Garnett.

For six games — and particularly in Game 6 — Garnett completely outplayed Jamison, and that was one of the keys to the series.

Thursday night, Garnett started out 5 of 5 from the floor, hitting his jumper over the top of Jamison’s outsreached arms. He got the ball where he wanted it, for example going 3 for 4 from the left mid-block area. He was hitting from everywhere, 6 of 10 outside 10 feet and 5 of 9 inside close to the rim. In the last four games of this series he shot 60 percent

Garnett was not quite his 2008 dominating self, particularly on defense — but he was close. He certainly was talking like it, barking like Garnett does. His knee may hold him back some still, but the longer rest between games in the playoffs seems to help him, he looks much more fresh than during the grind of the regular season.

Jamison had no answers. He was 2 of 10 shooting for five points and five rebounds, The man that came from Washington at the trading deadline was simply outmatched. Not physical enough inside, not quick enough, not tall enough.

That’s not all on Jamison, he is not what he was, and this is a tough match up for him. Some of that may fall on Danny Ferry.

As Mike Prada at SBNation reminded us, back at the trade deadline Amare Stoudemire to Cleveland for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson was the hot rumor. It was talked about for a week and was considered pretty much a done deal.

Until the Cavaliers traded instead for Jamison.

Why? We’ll never really know. Deals fall apart for a million reasons. But as Prada points out, the very well connected Marc Stein of ESPN said the reason is the Cavaliers did not want to give up the promising young Hickson in the trade. For Jamison, it was more straight up. At the time, the Cavaliers brass all said they thought Jamison “fit” better than Stoudemire.

Bet they don’t think that now. And Garnett is happy they made the decision they did.

  1. Pat - May 14, 2010 at 4:16 AM

    Garnett actually hit his first few shots over Shaquille O’Neal, not Jamison. Posts like these make me question how closely you watched the game.

  2. clint - May 14, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    I’m a celtic fan…but i must conceed that despite the Cav’s loss Lebron is still the king (& even kings lose battles from time to time).He’s displayed dignity and maturity in their loss; embracing players before leaving the court and even holding up Glen Davis to prevent what could have been a very bad fall.
    Remember, in the last 20 years only three superstars came into the league and won titles in their first or second seasons…Magic, Bird and Duncan…Hakeem the dream took took a decade or more to win his first,Jordan 7 yrs shaq almost a decade and Barkley never and we still call him Sir charles…even kobe took some years and going to new york doesnt guarantee anything… ask patrick Ewing.So let’s get off the king’s back…and listen to the wisdom of Garnett who won his title after a decade in the league…”He has a very very very bright future a head of him.”

  3. clint - May 14, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    Sorry, in the last 30 years,(not 20 years)only 3 superstars came into the league and and won titles in their first or second seasons…Magic, Bird and Duncan…Please give the king a break…

  4. mick the ripper - May 14, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    As a Suns fan I’m happy the Cav’s passed on Amare, that was a fantastic choice lol. Garnett will not have the same effectiveness against the Magic, I don’t see him dominating like he did in this series.

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