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Kevin Garnett is rested and healthy. Fear the Celtics.

Sep 25, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Garnett_dunk.jpgKevin Garnett is still the beating heart and key player for the Celtics.

Ray Allen and Paul Pierce are crucial. Rajon Rondo’s importance grows daily. Kendrick Perkins and the O’Neals matter in the middle. Donkey and Shrek matter off the bench.

But last season, Garnett’s health determined the Celtics fate. Which is why this quote from Danny Ainge (at ESPNBoston.com) should have Celtics fans smiling.

“I think Kevin needed some rest, some time off, and he took it, but he’s ready for camp,” said Ainge. “He’s in much better shape than he was last year in training camp. I think that KG got better as the year went on last season and we saw him moving much better in the playoffs than in the regular season.”

If Garnett is healthy — if all the key parts of the Celtics are healthy — we saw last year what this team can do. It can win a title. It is certainly on the top tier with the Lakers, Heat and Magic.

KG is the key. Always has been in Boston. And if he is ready to roll, so are the Celtics.

  1. McDaddy - Sep 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    All we are saying is when the Celtics are healthy, they are
    the better team. And don’t critize people for “making excuses”
    then proceed to make excuses yourself. We love our team. No need
    to get your panties in a knot over it.

  2. Michael - Sep 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    It makes me laugh to hear all the blah, blah, blah about Perkins’s injury being the reason why the Celtics didn’t win. Lets not forget Bynum was injured the whole series and was pretty much just a role player instead of a dominating force in the middle. Kobe was also injured with a broken finger and a troublesome knee which required surgery over the summer. If the Lakers were completely healthy at the start of the series like the Celtics (cause lets not forget Perkins only missed game 7) the Lakers would have won in 5. The Heat? I am not a Celtic fan as you could tell. However, I would take the Celtics over the Heat any day. The Heat have 2 great players in LBJ and Wade and one good player in Bosh. He cant play D. Their lack of Defense and any other good players on the roster is going to hurt them. Another 3-PEET for the Lakers.

  3. McDaddy - Sep 28, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    You are another hypocrite. Criticize Celtic fans for “making excuses” then you proceed to make up your own. Bynum is always
    hurting (See PBT story on Bynum out until November). He always
    has a bum knee. That is your problem, not ours. And he will likely
    will be hobbling again next June. Perkins went down in the
    first quarter of game six. Rasheed Wallace had a bad back and Glen Davis suffered a concussion in game five. We could go on and on
    but I am through arguing with you all. See you in June.

  4. Teehov - Sep 28, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Ha! We will be seeing the HEAT in june!

  5. carp - Sep 28, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    rings 4 the minneapolis lakers???
    o ya they r counted as titles 4 the L A team now huh???
    Joke!!!

  6. carp - Sep 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Rings for the minneapolis lakers???
    o ya they are counted as titles for the L.A. team now huh???
    Joke!!!

  7. Anonymous - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Ummmmm Over Rated? Get The Hell Out Of Here With The Boston D!ck Riding. Shaq Is The Biggest Joke I’ve Ever Seen And He Hasn’t Played “GREAT” Basketball Since he Left L.A. Those Boston Days Are Done!

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