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Kevin Garnett called players meeting in Boston before break

Feb 28, 2012, 12:06 PM EST

Kevin Garnett AP

Kevin Garnett says it’s time for the Celtics to step it up.

He’s right — I listed them as the most disappointing team of the first half of the season, because they have the talent to be better than they are by a long shot.

To address that, Garnett called a players-only meeting before the break, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com.

So before the team would venture off into the abyss that we know of as All-Star weekend, Garnett held an impromptu team meeting with a clear and very succinct Garnett-esque message.

If you’re not ready to step your game up the second half of the season, step aside and don’t come back because he doesn’t want you and the Celtics don’t need you.

This message matters a whole lot less than the six days off the injured and weary Celtics just got off. (Yes, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo played in the All-Star Game, but it was still less of a grind than the regular schedule.) What an older team like Boston needed more than anything was a chance to catch its breath and let some bumps and bruises heal.

The Celtics open the second half of the season Wednesday against Cleveland. And look for them to seem rejuvenated.

  1. limonadamas - Feb 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    You mean the Celtics play the Cavs tonight (Tuesday), not Wednesday.. The Cavs play the NY Lins tomorrow night.

    The only solace for Laker fans this season (barring a big trade) is that the C’s have fallen off even worse than the Lakers have. haha

    • md23rewlz - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Wait, what do Laker fans have to complain about? For all of LA’s flaws, it wouldn’t shock me at all if they made a decent playoff run. All of those teams below OKC are interchangeable, more or less. Are Laker fans seriously disappointed in their team? Why? Heck, I’m a Mavs fan and we spent half the season looking as if Dirk’s dog had been shot, and I’m still positively thrilled with Dallas’ playoff potential. How are the Lakers much different? Both veteran teams, both flawed, both with proven championship closers. If Laker fans are convinced their season is doomed for one-and-done in the playoffs, that is fascinating to me, because I think the west is absurdly wide open outside of OKC.

      As for Boston, the Celtics are a better team than they showed in the first half. But better by degrees, not whole circles or some other crappy math analogy that failed to cohere once I started typing it. Miami beating them in the playoffs last year had some flukish aspects (the unsustainable three point shooting and such), but it wasn’t a fluke. Kevin Garnett can call all the meetings he wants to, but that team is not a championship caliber team. Should they meet Chicago/Miami in the playoffs, it’s going to be over in five games.

  2. acdc363 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Haha limonadamas from a celtic fan i really can’t argue with you! And we have quite a bit more to work with on our roster! Its been depressing to say the least.

  3. bozosforall - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Garnett is all talk, no action. Can’t wait for him to bully the wrong guy and get his face smashed in.

    • andyhr17 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      He’s been in the league for 16 seasons. Don’t you think your “Oh just wait till he gets in the face of the wrong person” would’ve happened by now? He has a ring and has made changes to the game in his career. Just because he doesn’t punch people with the force that he punches his chest does not mean he’s a “fake tough guy”.

      • bozosforall - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        He runs from the real tough guys and only bullies guys smaller than himself. And he only has a ring because he played second fiddle to Pierce.

  4. havlicekstoletheball - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    I hope Garnett said something in the meeting about rebounding. The Celts are getting massacred on the boards, and Garnett is the main culprit.

    Other teams are getting twelve or fifteen more shots a game than Boston. Tough to win doing that.

    • havlicekstoletheball - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      I should say twelve or fifteen more shots a game when they get badly out-rebounded.

  5. dirtydavis - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Players only meeting SMH #overrated

  6. keyshawn22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Bozo knows nothing about basketball. Why dont you pop in a video of the 08 Finals and watch him bully Pau all over the court, last i check Pau is 7’2” so how is he smaller than KG. And second fiddle to Pierce? Please KG is the leader of that team if you meant second fiddle as far as letting Pierce being the primary scorer that another issue and that was a selfless act by KG in order to win. The fact that at 36 or about to be 36 that KG is still a very good defender and solid offensive player is more than pretty much any other forward at the same age.

  7. mikeewright7 - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    In reality the celtics are just having a tough time, a team like the celtics we dont need the best record to win the championship, we just need to be healthy, im a celtics fan so im rollling with them, the second half should be better!

    #bozo is a celtics fan just admit it

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