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Kevin Garnett finishes with zero rebounds in Celtics’ win over Sixers

Dec 9, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

Boston Celtics' Garnett complains about a foul during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Boston Reuters

Kevin Garnett anchored the Celtics offensively on Saturday, leading his team in scoring with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting during Boston’s 92-79 win over the Sixers.

The game was a blowout, which was somewhat to be expected considering the way the Celtics lost to this same team in Philadelphia just the night before. Evan Turner hit a jumper late in overtime that ended up being the game-winner, while Rajon Rondo‘s look at the buzzer ultimately fell short.

The lopsided contest afforded Garnett only 23 minutes of playing time, which overall was probably a good thing for the veteran big man on the second night of a back-to-back. But it was also part of the reason for the statistical anomaly we saw in the final box score.

Garnett managed to play all of his minutes on Saturday without grabbing a single rebound. Zero. The same amount as you and I had while watching from home. KG plays power forward and is listed at 6’11”, so as you might imagine, this doesn’t happen very often. The last time Garnett finished without a rebound was Jan. 21, 1997, while playing with the Timberwolves.

He wasn’t exactly pleased with this accomplishment.

From Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com:

“You know what, I’m looking for the statistician around here. And when I find out what he looks like, we might have some problems,” joked Garnett. “I had a rebound in the first quarter. That’s bull—-, man. No, that’s f—ing bull—-. That’s all I’m going to say. I had a rebound in the first half, thank you. I think that’s an error, we’re going to fix that.”

The win is the most important statistic to pick up on a given night, and hey, it’s not like Garnett had some streak toward history in that category that he was trying to keep going.

Had that been the case, blowout aside, his coach may very well have left him in there until the final buzzer to let him go after it.

  1. sldxstyle - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Boston blows, I’m sorry.

    • andyhr17 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Thank you for your excellent analysis.

  2. doublezero74 - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    You are very sorry. I concur

  3. fruitcovejag - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Stay classy Kevin!

  4. ihavenonickname - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    great quote.

  5. raidmagic - Dec 9, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Nice reaction KG, because having one is wayyyy better than having 0

  6. tigershark49 - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    KG got shut down. LOL

    • andyhr17 - Dec 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Yes, shut down. 19 points in 23 minutes in a lopsided win. You’re a genius.

  7. thenmoveback - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Well we know KG has Zero class to go along with zero rebounds.

    • andyhr17 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      My god people, read the story before making stupid comments. In the quote it says “joked Garnett”. I know people are itching to make negative comments about Garnett but you just sound stupid when when you criticize him for his quote on this.

      • HitsDingers - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:22 PM

        KG has over a decade of classlessness under his belt. The fact that this moment didn’t exhibit that trait, which he really has worked so hard to hone, doesn’t change much.

      • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        Poor little sandy crotch, got his widdle feelings hurt. Waaaaahhhh!

  8. themagicfanguy - Dec 9, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Brett, you’re horrible. Let the Rondo assist streak go. Stop trying to make drama where there is none. Or, go work for TMZ instead PBT.

    • andyhr17 - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      They’re not going to let it go. The assist streak/Rondo to PBT is like Fox News and Benghazi.

  9. jaymsd23 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    To counter the remark about Doc leaving Rondo in for his assist streak, he pulled him early in the fourth last night, when he was only three points (and was scoring at will) and one rebound away from a triple double. Granted, it’s not a streak, but two triple doubles in two nights is pretty impressive if he went for it…

  10. j0esixpack - Dec 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Garnet must read Kurt Helin’s articles on PBT

    If he does he knows that Rondo is being exceptionally selfish by consistently being unselfish and racking up assists.

    So, to appease Kurt and PBT, he does the most unselfish thing he can do – be selfish and refrain from having any assists.

    Yes – I know this makes no sense to most people, but if you read PBT, you’ll know how selfish Rondo is for being unselfish and racking up the assists.

  11. bozosforall - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Poor little sandy crotch, got his widdle feelings hurt. Waaaaahhhh!

    • andyhr17 - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:17 PM

      Yep, sure. If that’s what it takes to have you not say anything. You got it.

      • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:20 PM

        That is a record, even for a no-life loser like you.

    • andyhr17 - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      Maybe if you post the exact same comment twice it will be true, like two wrongs make a right.

      • bozosforall - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

        Any comment that points out how much of a Puh C you are will always be right.

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