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Kevin Garnett: ‘This is where all the plastic people melt’

Dec 31, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

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This is rock bottom for the Celtics.

They hope. But that loss to the Sacramento Kings on the road looked nothing like the Boston Celtics we expected to see this season — the Celtics defense was terrible, their rotations slow to nonexistent, their offense continues to struggle and there was just no passion.

And if you expect one thing from a team led by Kevin Garnett, it is passion. He told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com after the game that now they are about to find out who they really are and who the players that can really deliver are.

“These are dog days,” Garnett said. “This is really where you really see who’s with you. Ain’t nobody cheering, ain’t no lights on us and I love this right now. Because this is where all the plastic people melt right here…

“We gotta play better,” Garnett said. “We gotta have some self pride in ourselves. Gave up 100 and something points three games in a row, and it ain’t been close. We gotta at some point take it personal, you know?”

What is going on?

Doc Rivers says the problem is the offensive woes are impacting the defense, and that is why they are 3-7 in their last 10.

Boston’s offense has been its issue this season. Overall they are scoring 100.3 points per 100 possessions, which is 21st in the league (via NBA.com’s stats). But in the last 10 games that has fallen to 97.4 points per 100, and in the Celtics last five games it’s down to 93.5.

Rivers told Blakely that the problem is those offensive woes are bleeding over to the defense.

“That’s the one thing I do know about this team,” Rivers said. “In the past, we could play bad and still win because we didn’t get frustrated if the offense (struggled). This is not that group so far. When we miss shots, we are a bad defensive team. Right now, our offense absolutely dictates how hard, how well, how disciplined we stay on defense. That’s something I’ve seen and continues.”

Rivers added, “that’s our identity. That’s who we are right now. You got the whole year to change it, but you have to change it quickly.”

In years past Boston was a great defensive team that found enough offense to get it done. This season, for whatever reason, the woes of one side are bleeding over to the other side of the court and that is getting the Celtics in trouble.

As of now, Boston is the eighth seed in the East, half a game ahead Philadelphia. The Celtics would make the playoffs, but if a Boston team playing like this faced the Heat in the first round it would be over quickly.

Boston has 52 games left to figure it out.

  1. fanofevilempire - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Dude, you guys are old and slow.
    I look forward to watching you get chumped!
    They had a good run but it has been over for a couple years now.

  2. BigBeachBall - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Heat have the east locked up thru 2020. Celtics should just wait until lebron gets older and slower before making a title run again.

    • andyhr17 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Really? Through 2020? Are you really as dumb as you sound? Not even Michael Jordan teams were dominant for that long. Seeing as how you’re a Heat fan, that means you’ve only been a “basketball fan” for two years now, so we’ll give you a pass on your idiocy.

    • badsharulez - Dec 31, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      This is the logic of a Heat fan. 2020? Are you stupid?

  3. davidly - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    “But that loss to the Sacramento Kings on the road looked nothing like the Boston Celtics we expected to see this season…”
    Yeah, but it’s not like we were expecting too much, what with their championship anchor HoFers being at the place in their careers where a retirement announcement wouldn’t be a shock, losing another HoFer and replacing him with the infrequent but inevitable 6th man upgraded to starter curse, which is only more likely when he’d already logged 13 NBA seasons.

    Not what we expected? What’s to expect?

  4. jimeejohnson - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Just glad we don’t have to witness the petty, stupid, and downright vile exchanges between that Lakers Bozo and his hater Boston counterpart P53; these blogs don’t have to be dominated by mean, mindless, hateful diatribes. Kudos to all the intelligent, non-hateful fans of this great game who use these blogs to stimulate insightful, interesting, and fun discussion. Happy New Year!

    • bozosforall - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:41 PM

      Good luck with that, jimee little johnson.

      • andyhr17 - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

        Wow, posting as two user names on the same thread?

      • bozosforall - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

        Is that what you are doing now, sandycrotchho17? Because I’m certainly not doing so nor would I waste my time doing that.

      • andyhr17 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        That makes no sense…

        And you’re right, a complete troll as yourself would never do something so low. My apologies.

      • bozosforall - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        You are a complete idiot…par for the course for a crybaby Boston fan.

      • andyhr17 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:21 PM

        Thanks.

      • bozosforall - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        What a loser you are…just like your team.

  5. jmclarkent - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    If the Celtics are still under/at .500 by the deadline, I think Danny should take this opportunity to try and fleece a contender or two by moving some of the older/ more expensive pieces of the roster.

    With Rondo as a building block, adding a few solid picks (contenders draft late, sadly), young players and cap room seems like a smart way to rebuild.

    • bozosforall - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Maybe Ainge can get his girlfriend McHale to give him another one-sided trade del like the KG gift from the TWolves.

      • tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Please do everyone on this board a favor and go drink a bottle of bleach.

      • bozosforall - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        What a little crybaby you are. Must be a Boston fan.

      • tuberippin - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        What a little puss you are. Afraid to drink a little bleach, eh chump?

      • bozosforall - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM

        You wouldn’t have to drink bleach if you just would quit slurping the dongs of strange men, fleshtubesipper.

    • halfbaht - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      why trade the jewel in the crown of the boston franchise?

  6. hojo20 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    The Celtics are in deep trouble for the next 5+ years. They’re old and no top free agents want to sign in Boston.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      Yeah, no free agent wants to sign with one of the top name teams in the NBA with a point guard like Rondo dishing him the ball.

  7. giselleisasucubus - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    15-17 last year & the team changed when Bradley entered the lineup, just like it will this year. Celts are flawed, no doubt, but people will finally understand the effect Bradley has on the defense and the offense when he returns this week. Danny will most likely make a trade too…BTW- Hey clown, GFY.

  8. jayzus - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Somewhere Ray Allen is reading this with a big smile.

    • halfbaht - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      somewhere, Ray Allen is reading this while crying from losing to the bucks

  9. halfbaht - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Ever year all i hear is the celtics are old, slow, they won’t do anything, they’ll struggle to get to the playoffs blah blah blah. Didn’t any of you haters learn anything last year? the more you count out a great team like boston, the more you motivated them. KG especially. this is a team built on pride, something you don’t see very often in sports nowadays. The men who wear the green play for the jersey, they play for the people of the city of boston, they play for pride, Celtic Pride. Beware the wounded best. IMBUTO

    • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jan 1, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      Imbuto? That’s Italian for “funnel.” Maybe you mean UBUNTU.

  10. BigBeachBall - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    the boston coaching staff has some voodoo mind control on pierce and kg…. why aren’t those guys applying a little pressure on management to reload… not much pressure… just a little….

  11. kavika6 - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:00 AM

    I was so proud when my Spurs swept the Celtics this season. Now I’m starting to see it wasn’t such a big deal.

  12. doublezero74 - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    52 in row

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