The Man at Crunch Time

The passion and day-to-day attitude  of this young man is outstanding …

but there’s a good reason his teams have yet to reach the NBA Finals.

In the final 2 minutes of the Celtics’ home defeat last night, versus the Detroit Pistons … Kevin Garnett, the early leader in this year’s race for the league MVP Award, touched the ball on several different occasions – with Boston down by 6 points or less – and never ever looked to score himself.

Despite his 26 points (9-15 FG’s, 8-10 FT’s) and 12 rebounds, during 39:56 of playing time … the incomparable Big Ticket, in general, does not want to shoot the ball himself (from the floor) with the game on the line.

Last night, Boston’s final 6 shot attempts were … 


02:06 Kendrick Perkins’ missed 2 (blocked by Rasheed Wallace)
01:37 Paul Pierce’s missed 2 (defended by Rasheed Wallace)
01:05 Eddie House’s missed 3
01:01 Eddie House’s made 3
00:18 Ray Allen’s made 3, and
00:02 Paul Pierce’s missed 2

When your team’s best player … its HEART & SOUL … leading scorer, rebounder, and interior defender, is also someone who doesn’t trust himself to make Big Shot after Big Shot, coming down-the-stretch of a close playoff (type) game … then you’re going to have a problem advancing to the NBA Finals.

Thus far, when the Celtics have really been challenged this year … it’s only been Ray Allen who has stepped up and hit a game Changing/Winning shot at Toronto … not a good sign for KG and his legion of supporters.

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3 Responses to “The Man at Crunch Time”

  1. Ralph Says:


    Good work. I am going to read some more on this.

  2. MIke Says:

    The main reason is that when it comes to crunch time, garnett gets double and triple teamed so he has to kick the ball out to his open teammates. I’d back him to take the winning shot….. anyday.

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