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D-Will got the headlines, but Kevin Garnett equally bad for Nets

May 9, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

Game 2 between the Brooklyn Nets against the Miami Heat 05/08/2014 AP

Kevin Garnett looks old.

The mind is still willing — watch him “assistant coaching” during time outs and you can tell he knows the game and he still has a passion for it — but the flesh is weak. He does not cover ground on defensive rotations like the 2008 KG. He misses shots that used to be automatic. At age 37 the future Hall of Famer has struggled.

Through two games against Miami he has 4 points on 2-of-10 shooting. He does have 16 boards in the two meetings (12 in Game 2). He is 1-of-7 shooting in the paint, the most painful being a five-foot miss with just more than five minutes left in Game 2, one that became a Ray Allen three on the other end. Chris Bosh has proven an difficult cover.

There are reasons for this — Garnett has battled back spasms all summer and is still on a 25 minutes per game limit — but KG will be the first to tell you not to use that as an excuse. As you would expect, he admitted he has not played well after Game 2, speaking to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

“I’m not happy with my play right now. I’m trying to get in a flow and a rhythm,” said Garnett, who is shooting 20% and averaging two points in the two games against Miami. “Try to bring something. It’s just frustrating. But I’ll grind through it.

“(I’ll) continue to work. Continue to find ways to be aggressive offensively. Continue to look for opportunities. Rebound the ball. And continue to talk and inspire.”

The challenge with grinding through it is they are down 2-0 to a Heat team that has looked flat out superior. The Nets need a lot of things to go better in their two games in Brooklyn this weekend and KG is right at the top of that list. Next to Deron Williams.

It’s not a question of looks and opportunities, KG needs to take advantage of the chances he gets, or the Nets have to go on to what works (which has been harder to find consistently). This isn’t Kidd, it’s KG.

“I knew I was giving up things coming here (in a trade from the Celtics),” Garnett said. “I understand that. I’m not going to be a distraction or complaining about things that I kind of anticipated. Whatever (Kidd) needs (me) to be on this team I’ve tried to be and will continue try to be. I’m not going to come off and be a distraction at this point. I understand my job and go out there and do it to the best of my ability. If I have a chance to be aggressive, I’ll take those chances. If not, do what I can, do the things that I know I can.”

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 9, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    Alexis Texas is bad

    • spthegr8 - May 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      The Corps of Kg!!! Time to hang’em up!!

  2. cruzan80 - May 9, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    KG looks old…so does Pierce & Deron Williams is hurt…..we didn’t know this last summer when they put this thing together??? There’re gonna get swept….as they should.

    The Wizards are the only team left in the east equipped to beat the Heat (good PG & scoring bigs)…but they won’t beat them 4 times either.

    • im2gr84u2h8on - May 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Umm, The Wizards need to worry first about getting past Indiana. Indiana happens to be a real threat to beat Miami as well. You’re a fool if you don’t agree. Indiana will beat The Wizards this series, too. That’s how underrated they are.

  3. anonymous135 - May 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Testament to Tim Duncan

    • southbeachtalent - May 9, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      I am a firm believer that Duncan, is in fact, a vampire.

  4. sportsfan18 - May 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Father Time is UNDEFEATED…

    But, when folks come into easy money instead of really earning it, they spend it too freely…

    When the Soviet Union broke up, there was so much corruption and so many stole things, business, industry and so many billionaires were created and many multi-millinaires…

    so, coming into easy money, the Nets owner had no problems flushing $190 million down the drain this year on salary and taxes.

    yeah, they had a chance (as 3 or 4 percent is still a chance) at the title this season, but it was unrealistic with their roster that he would have been better off leaving the money in a bank to earn interest than what he did with it.

    yes, chances need to be taken in life, in business etc… but they need to be educated guesses and the $190 million spent on salary and penalty tax for this roster did NOT have a real shot at doing anything special this season

    heat, thunder, spurs, pacers, clippers (yeah, Indy has disintegrated, but at the BEGINNING of this season and for most of this year, they WERE title contenders) were all upper echelon and NOT the nyets…

    • asimonetti88 - May 9, 2014 at 4:06 PM

      waiting for your diatribe on Garnett’s salary

      • sportsfan18 - May 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        KG EARNED all his money, a GREAT career…

        PLUS, KG is “ONLY” making $12.4 million this season… NOT $30 million…

        And when Kobe is Kevin’s age, he will be making $25 million that season… (age 37 season like KG is this season)

        It’s Kobe’s $23.5 million next season and his $25 million the season after that, that is bad… NOT KG’s salary.

      • asimonetti88 - May 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        What does Kobe have to do with this? He is not playing for either the Heat or the Nets. You should get him off your mind and step out into the world.

  5. pharohislife - May 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Deron Williams isn’t even a Top 15 Point Guard anymore.

    • irvfin3 - May 11, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      I can understand top 5 maybe 10 but 15? What 15 pgs are better than him now?

  6. jolink653 - May 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Tell me again how trading all those first round picks for Pierce and Garnett was a great trade and makes them a championship contender. I’ll wait

    • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Well, last year the Nets didn’t compete for a championship, whereas this year, they are in the 2nd round of the playoffs, contending for a championship. Hope that was clear so you can stop waiting.

      • kitch10 - May 9, 2014 at 8:21 PM


      • sportsfan18 - May 10, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Contending Jimee?


        They won’t make it to the eastern conf finals so they won’t even play for the right to advance to the finals…

        and they are not even “competing” in the 2nd round as much as simply being there on the court as the Heat get some practice in while they happen to be on the court with them…


        They are not contending. SOME weak team HAD to be in the 2nd round because it’s the eastern conference.

        $190 million was spent on salary and penalty tax for a team that had NO CHANCE at really contending…

        the weak eastern conference gifted them the 2nd round and they sure aren’t competing for a title… not even close.

        hope that was clear…

    • jcmeyer10 - May 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      It was a great trade for the Celtics.

  7. jzone954 - May 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    The thing about Paul Pierce is he is at his best when his team keeps it’s close against the opponent, but when Miami turns up that gear and pulls away he nor Garnett are the types at this point in there ages and careers that can establish a huge comeback. I still don’t understand why Brooklyn made such a foolish trade for these 2!

    • jimeejohnson - May 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      The old “win now” mentality of the know-nothing Russian big shot owner had something to do with it.

    • borderline1988 - May 9, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      I still think Pierce can play. Somehow he’s a pretty good defensive player and is still an excellent offensive player.

      But Garnett is done. It’s one thing if he was injured or out of shape, but he’s just old. He’s not going to better next year, only worse at this point.

      What an awful trade by the Nets. Both Philly’s and Boston’s management are geniuses, and you can hammer them all you want, but in 3 – 4 years when the Heat get old, they’ll be the up and coming teams in the Eastern Conference.

  8. lenbias34pt - May 9, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    I took this part of the quote
    “I knew I was giving up things coming here………. I’m not going to be a distraction or complaining about things that I kind of anticipated”

    As KG deflecting some of the blame.
    Helin said it correctly, KG isn’t getting to his man on D. How does that fit into the system or the team is in any way the issue?

    How is KG missing 3 foot jump hooks? Getting easy put backs slapped away.

    If anything is possible (!!!) , how about you anticipate where you should be now that you aren’t physically superior to 99 % of the people on the court?

    The team is better when KG is on the bench.

  9. sizzlazone - May 10, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    Just retire Kevin Garnett

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